Monday, December 30, 2013

Gettysburg Witness Trees

From the April 30, 2008, Gettysburg Daily.

Visitors often ask how many current trees on the Gettysburg Battlefield were there July 1-3, 1863. The best guess is between 100-200.

The War Department operated Gettysburg National Military Park before the National Park Service took over in 1933.

They thought some "witness trees" were important enough to mark and protect and small brass tags were placed on some of the trees along with lightning rods.

There are five witness trees in one section along Confederate Avenue.

This is a good photo essay and worth checking out.

Save That Old Tree. --Old Secesh

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