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Civil War 'Prayer Tree' Falls

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An ancient oak under which Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and his weary Confederate troops reportedly gathered for prayer in June 1862 has been felled by high winds.

The disease-weakened white oak known as Jackson's Prayer Tree came down Friday southeast of Harrisonburg, between Weyers Cave and Grottoes.

The Daily News-Record said the tree attracted Civil War buffs because of its connection to Jackson.

After completing his Shenandoah Valley campaign in 1862, Jackson and some 15,000 men encamped between the Middle and South rivers.

According to Jackson's mapmaker, Jedediah Hotchkiss, Jackson joined the Rev. R.L. Dabney and others for prayer under the tree.

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