Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet The Gettysburg Address "Witness" Tree

Meet The Gettysburg Address "Witness" Tree

Amy: Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:34 AM

On a prominent hilltop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania about a hundred yards from the spot where President Lincoln gave a very memorable speech about the sacrifices of the dead as inspiration to the living following the historic civil war, a lone Honey Locust tree stood silently by. A glass photographic slide from that day shows Lincoln amongst a mass of people with the faint image of a skinny, leafless young tree in the background. This Honey Locust tree often called the “Witness Tree” remains standing as a growing reminder and living memorial to the ideals expressed in the Gettysburg Address, one of the most inspiring speeches in American history.

The land where the tree stands was dedicated on November 19, 1863, it is part of the 17 acres known as Cemetery Hill, one of the battle landmarks along the Union line. Today the cemetery serves as a final resting place for over 5,500 veterans of every American war. The Historical society in the area has sold saplings of the tree in recent years for $25.00 helping it’s legacy continue on.

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