The Journey Through Hallowed Ground continues its towering tree-planting effort with the placing of 168 apple trees on Bliss Farm near the site of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.
The planting occurs in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's famed Gettysburg Address. The event will mark the continuation of the JTHG's ongoing Living Legacy Project which aims to plant or dedicate one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War all along the 180-mile historic route stretching from Gettysburg to Monticello in Charlottesville - including Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties in between.
Tuesday's ceremony, in conjunction with the Gettysburg National Military Park, starts at 2:30 p.m. and will include remarks from several dignitaries, including U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The West Point Alumni Glee Club will perform Civil War and patriotic selections while students from around the country who have been researching the stories of the fallen soldiers wil be on hand to dedicate a tree.
The apple trees going in the ground are intended to restore the orchard located on Bliss Farm at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. The farm, abandoned by the family prior to the fierce fight, is located just off the JTHG National Scenic Byway. On July 2-3, 1863, the farm was alternately controlled by Union and Confederate forces. Its house, barn and other outbuildings were eventually burned to the ground.
The JTHG overall tree-planting project began a year ago in Leesburg and is expected to be in full swing by the end of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2015. Culpeper could see its trees planted or dedicated next year.