Abraham Lincoln Witness Tree II - Gettysburg, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 49.539 W 077° 13.856
18S E 309076 N 4410787
Quick Description: One of two Sycamore witness trees very close to one another on the east side of Baltimore Street. Abraham Lincoln passed beneath this tree on November 19, 1863 as he rode to Cemetery Hill to give his Gettysburg Address.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2013 1:18:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMHF67
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Gosffo
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Long Description:

145 years ago today, on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln rode along Baltimore Street to say “a few appropriate remarks” at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Two of the trees that he passed along Baltimore Street are still standing, a sycamore tree near Alumni Park and this tree. This tree also witnessed the Union retreat through the town the afternoon of July 1st, the Confederate attack on East Cemetery Hill, the evening of July 2nd, and constant skirmishing between both armies on all three days of the battle.

The tree is located past Alumni Park and just past the intersection of Baltimore Street and Lefevre Street. The tree is on the right or east side of the road if traveling south down Baltimore Street toward the National Cemetery. Near the brick sidewalk, by the witness tree is a small plaque on top of a block of granite.

The marker reads:

WITNESS TREE

This Sycamore is a Living Witness To
The Battle of Gettysburg. Abraham
Lincoln Passed by This Tree on His
Way to Give the Gettysburg Address
On November 19, 1863

Historic Event:
Lincoln passed by this tree on his way to deliver the Gettysburg Address.


Year: November 19, 1863

Species: sycamore

Approximate Age: 175

Location: Baltimore Avenue, Gettysburg, PA

Website: Not listed

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