Civil War Bullets In Tree Found At Gettysburg

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 10, 2021

Civil War Bullets Tree Gettysburg - Gettysburg Park workers were using a chain saw to remove a tree when they discovered bullets from the Civil War. imbedded in the tree. Park Superintendent Bob Kirby said the artifacts were discovered last week while crews were working on Culp’s Hill. It is the same area where there was intense fighting in July 1863.

Kirby says finding artifacts in the battlefield area today are a rarity. Officials say two sections of the tree’s trunk where the bullets were found have been removed. They will be treated to remove insects and mold and later added to the park’s museum collection.

National Park Service employees point out Witness Trees to the thousands of visitors who visit the battlefield each year. Park officials are in the process of restoring and re-opening meadows and farm fields, that became battlegrounds, to the way they looked in July 1863. A large ceremony in Gettysburg, lasting two weeks, is being planned for July 2013, the 150th anniversary of the historic battle.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War, it is often described as the war’s turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee’s invasion of the North.

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