Gettysburg - Bullet shattered trees 1863

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Gettysburg - Bullet shattered trees 1863

Post by edfrank » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:07 am

The trees at Gettysburg PA were shot up pretty bad during the American Civil War battle there in 1863. Here are some links that might be of interest to those curious:

Bullet damage to the trees on Culp's Hill.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
This photo was taken in 1863.
Courtesy of the US Library of Congress

Tree Shattered by Bullets Gettysburg PA Stereoview ... stereoview
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Relic; Civil War, War Log, Gettysburg, Embedded Shell.
Item B197708
Category: militaria
Type: relics
Origin: Pennsylvania
Year: 1863
A Civil War shell embedded log from Gettysburg. Also known as the "War Log", tree section which has a 12 lb. cannon ball embedded in it, plus a bullet and a piece of shrapnel from an explosive shell, around which the tree grew for a while after it was hit. Original card, now crumbled and missing, indicated it was cut from Seminary Ridge along Confederate Avenue, probably in the 1870's. The first example to reach the market in some time. Includes letter of provenance. ... 197708.htm
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From a different battle thrown in for good luck:
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Re: Gettysburg - Bullet shattered trees 1863

Post by Joe » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:09 pm

not to be morbid, but being as anti war as I am, I bet there are a lot of buried soldiers with metal embeded in them, too....

as the old saying goes, "what if they gave a war and nobody came?"

of course slavery had to be ended..... but few northern soldiers would have gone if they were told they were fighting to free the slaves, which is why Lincoln didn't say that- it was to save the Union, though of course it was all about slavery...

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Re: Gettysburg - Bullet shattered trees 1863

Post by James Parton » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:17 pm

The cross in my church ( Dana United Methodist ) is said to be from a tree dated to the civil war. It has a bullet lodged in it and can be seen on close inspection of the cross. my church dates to at least the 1850s.
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