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Gettysburg Tree Program

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1708, through its OurConfederateHeros.org website, has donated $400 for memorial trees to the newly formed National Heritage Area in Gettysburg, PA in honor and memory of the last four Confederate Soldiers to die at the Battle of Gettysburg in Schmucker Hall between July and September 1863. The trees will be planted on the newly planted Seminary Ridge Historic Path nearby Schmucker Hall.

Schmucker Hall, the famed building with the cupola on the Lutheran Theological Campus, used as an administration and hospital building by both armies, on Seminary Ridge, has recently under gone extensive renovations by the Seminary Ridge Organization and will now include a museum and tree lined interpretative trail. SCV Camp 1708 also supported the renovations of Schmucker Hall.

The Seminary Historic Path is now located in the newly created National Heritage Area designated by the United States Congress as The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG) which is a non-­‐profit, four state partnership, that is a rectangle that is approximately 180 mile long and 75 miles wide that commences in Gettysburg, PA, runs through Maryland, West Virginia, and finally concludes in Charlottesville, VA at Jefferson’s Monticello. JTHG will offer heritage tourism and educational programs for students of all ages.

To honor this country’s most defining moment, the American Civil War, the JTHG is sponsoring the Living Legacy Project (LLP) which will plant one tree in honor of each 620,000 soldiers killed during the war. Upon completion, the LLP will create the world’s largest historical allee, a tree lined plaza, which is dedicated to honoring those killed during the Civil War. Each tree will be geo-­‐tagged to allow Smart Phone users to learn the story of the soldier, providing a strong educational component to engage interest in the region’s historical heritage and literally bringing the tree to life.

The last four Confederate Soldiers to die at Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg (below left) and to be remembered with a tree on the Seminary Ridge Historic Path are:

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BUTLER, N.B., PRIVATE, CO. I, 50TH GEORGIA

EASON, ALFRED, CORPORAL, CO. E, 33RD NORTH CAROLINA

JACKSON, ANDREW, PRIVATE, CO. G, 5TH TEXAS

WATTS, WILLIAM T., PRIVATE, CO. G, 4th VIRGINIA

"May the ideals and dreams that these men fought and died for never be forgotten."