Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gettysburg's Witness Trees

From the April 30, 2008, Gettysburg Daily "Gettysburg Witness Trees" at www.gettysburgdaily.com/?p=142.

Visitors often ask how many current trees were on the July 1-3, 1863 battlefield and the most common guess is 100-200.  That would make them 'witness trees."

The U.S. War Department operated the Gettysburg National Military Park until the National Park Service took over in 1933.

Fortunately, they thought some "witness trees" were important enough to mark and protect.  Small plaques and even lightning rods were installed on some of them.

Five witness trees are on one part of Confederate Avenue.

This is an extremely good photo essay.

Check It Out.  --Old Secesh

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