1389Re: Interrogating a witness tree
- Jun 30, 2004Hi Brian,
Looks like the Burnside's Bridge sycamore may very well be a witness
tree, judging by specs found at
http://www.2020site.org/trees/sycamore.html Have a look.
However, documenting such things seems impossible aside from locale.
The tree depicted in the postwar (Forbes?) engraving, compared to
current size and breadth, strongly suggests a logical growth
Suffice it to say that odds are more in favor of it being the real
thing. If it could only talk... despite recent injury.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Brian Morris"
> Found this website recently that purports to show witness trees tocertain
> Civil War battles. Some I know are correct such as the BaltimoreSt.
> Sycamores and Locust tree in the Cemetery in Gettysburg but thewebsite also
> makes claims about the White Oaks at the Copse of Trees which Iknow are not
> old enough to be witness trees.that sits
> For the Antietam Battlefirld they show a picture of the Sycamore
> alongside the Burnside Bridge and then show a picture takenshortly after
> the battle that shows a tree in that same area. OK, I'm not a bigtree
> expert here but I've stood next to that tree by the BurnsideBridge and it
> does not strike me as a 140+ year old tree. Just because there wasa tree in
> that general location in 1862 doesn't make the one there in 2004the very
> same tree.someone jumping
> Is that tree next to the bridge a witness tree or do we have
> to conclusions here based off of two trees being in a similar area140 years
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