Some trees from the Civil War era are still alive, of course. In some cases, trees that were present at key battles and still survive today can be identified from photographs or written accounts that mention them; they are known as “witness trees”. They are well-known, and sometimes controversial. Well, the two trees shown here are witness trees.
The one next to a stone bridge is a Sycamore that stands at a key point in the Battle of Antietam (Burnside’s Bridge). The other is an Oak near Devil’s Den, a key location in the Battle of Gettysburg.