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#1 1911Colt

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 08:34 PM

We had some fierce storms with heavy winds roll through here the last few days. Those who are familiar with the battlefield or have taken the guided parks tour know which tree this is :o:

Gettysburg 'Witness Tree' Falls During Storm

posted 3:24 pm Sat August 09, 2008 - Gettysburg, Pa. (AP)

The National Park Service says one of the few remaining "witness trees" to the Battle of Gettysburg has cracked in a storm and fell.
The massive honey locust tree fell Thursday evening in a storm that produced rain, hail and wind gusts. It stood on Cemetery Hill, 150 feet from the platform on which President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Park maintenance officials will assess what to do with what remains of the tree.
Park historian John Heiser said he knows of only three other witness trees that still stand in the heart of the battlefield.




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