Saturday, May 2, 2015

General Sherman, Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman
Sequoia National Park, California
The General Sherman Tree is the largest living thing on this planet.  This giant sequoia tree is 275 feet high and is 36 feet across its base, it has a trunk volume of over 52,000 cubic feet. 

Photograph by Arnold and Carole Compolongo
This postcard is postmarked in 2014.
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Here is a vintage postcard of this tree...
General Sherman, 5000 years old,
235 Feet High, 62 Feet in Circumference

This is from a set of 10 postcards, the envelope reads:
A Selection of 10 Hand-Colored
Santa Cruz "Big Tree" Views
Big Trees, Santa Cruz, California

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In 1879, the General Sherman was named after the American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman, by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Cavalry under Sherman.
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William Tecumseh Sherman  (1820-1891)
Union Major General
Blunt, grizzled strategist distinguished himself at Shiloh and Vicksburg.  Captured Atlanta. Introduced total warfare in his March across GA and through the Carolinas.  Negotiated lenient peace. 

1 comment:

ONeal said...

I would dearly love to visit Sequoia National Park, and to see the General Sherman tree, in particular.