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  • Jewelle Baker
    Hello Group..... Another interesting site for you from Sally Pavia....... Thanks, again, Sally! Jewelle jewelle@coastalnet.com jewellebaker@suddenlink.net
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 11, 2011
      Hello Group.....
      Another interesting site for you from Sally Pavia....... Thanks,
      again, Sally!
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      Civil War Witness Trees
      Posted by Diane of Genealogy Insider
      http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2011/08/10/CivilWarWitnessTrees
      aspx

      Workers at Gettysburg National Military Park last week were cutting up a
      fallen oak tree on Culp's Hill, a key location in the 1863 Battle of
      Gettysburg, when they hit 148-year-old bullets.

      Battlefield trees like this one, still bearing scars and bullet wounds, are
      called Civil War witness trees. (Another kind of witness tree is found in
      public land states—a surveyor would blaze a tree near a section corner as
      evidence of the section boundaries.)

      I hadn’t heard the term until I read about the Gettysburg discovery, and it
      makes perfect sense: Eyewitnesses are long gone, but these trees stood on
      the battlefields when our ancestors dug trenches, reloaded guns, charged the
      other side, were injured and died.

      Many witness trees are famous and were captured in contemporary drawings or
      Mathew Brady’s photographs, for example:

      Burnside Bridge Sycamore at Antietam, Md.

      Appomattox Courthouse Pin Oak in Virginia

      Copse of White Oaks near Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, Pa.

      Southern Magnolias at Andersonville, Ga.

      You can see photos of these and other trees at The Bivouac website.
      http://www.bivouacbooks.com/bbv2i1s4.htm

      Sections of the Culp’s Hill tree with bullets will be displayed in a museum
      at Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Daily blog has posts about witness trees, with
      lots of photos and directions for finding them.
      http://www.gettysburgdaily.com/?p=1148
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