‘Witness tree’ at Gettysburg still speaks of the past

Park officials at Gettysburg were recently cutting up a fallen tree when they ran into some embedded bullets in the tree from the infamous 1863 battle that changed the face of the American Civil War.

The oak tree – near the grounds of Culp’s Hill –  is believed to have been around 250 years old. Officials will preserve some of the sections from the tree and will display them in the park museum on site.

Picture credit: James Kirby, National Park Service
Gettysburg National Military Park's Bob Jones with one of the bullets found in a fallen oak tree.


  1. The picture is a little hard to see where the bullets are lodged. Is it the white oval shape below his hand or is the darker, larger area to the left of his hand? Fascinating picture.

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