Memorial Tree

Memorial Tree (HM2DZF)

Location: Verbena, AL 36091 Chilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 43.216', W 86° 28.409'

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Planted February 12, 1928

Two cedar trees were planted and dedicated at the Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home on February 12, 1928 in memory of Mrs. Sarah H. Bellinger and 1st Lt. Robert C. Norris.

Mrs. Bellinger and her husband, Dr. Carnot Bellinger, established the first hospital for Confederate soldiers in Montgomery, Alabama, in June 1861.

Lt. Norris served with distinction as Sergeant Major of the 15th Alabama Infantry and later as First Lieutenant in the 60th Alabama Infantry. Norris moved to Brazil after the war. Several years after his death, his widow, Mrs. Martha S. Norris, requested a tree be planted at the Confederate Soldiers' Home in his memory.

According to Soldiers' Home Commandant Dr. J. T. Fowler, the cedar planted at the southeast corner of the administration building was in memory of Mrs. Bellinger. The cedar planted at the northeast corner of the administration building was in memory of Lt. Norris.

A large gathering attended the ceremony, co-chaired by UDC Soldiers' Home committee chairman Mrs. J.H. Crenshaw and UCV Army of Tennessee commander A.T. Goodwyn (former Adjutant 58th Alabama Infantry). The trees were accepted by UDC Alabama Division President Mrs. R.B Broyles and by Bibb Graves, Governor of the State of Alabama.

The fate of the cedar planted in memory of Lt. Norris is unknown.

Meanwhile, a second cedar grew near the one planted in memory of Mrs. Bellinger. Experts have been unable to determine which is the original cedar.
Placed ByConfederate Memorial Park
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Date Added Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 4:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 549339 N 3620398
Decimal Degrees32.72026667, -86.47348333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 43.216', W 86° 28.409'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 43' 12.96" N, 86° 28' 24.54" W
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Area Code(s)205
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 437 Co Rd 63, Verbena AL 36091, US
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