The Scythe Tree
James Wyman Johnson
Present-day Photographs by Todd A. Shillington
During the Civil
War, James Wyman Johnson
came in from the field one morning,
hung his scythe in the crotch
of a small tree and said,
Leave the scythe in the tree until I return.
enlisted in the Union Army,
Co. G, 85th New York Volunteers,
on October 29, 1861.
from wounds received at
Plymouth, North Carolina in 1864.
His parents, refusing to believe the report,
left the scythe in the tree where it remains today, completely enveloped.
World War I, two brothers placed scythes
in this same tree.
Raymond L. Schaffer when enlisting in
Company F, 33rd Engineers
and Lynn L. Schaffer when enlisting
in the United States Navy.
Both men returned.
But their scythes remain embedded.
Along Routes 5 & 20