The famed Honey Locust Witness Tree still stands in the National Cemetery in Gettyburg.  On November 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln gave his immortal address near this tree.

Small pieces of the wood were made available to Gettysburg Sentinels by the Gettysburg Foundation.

The Longstreet Witness Tree  on Confederate Avenue in Winter before nature claimed it by storm.

Pictured in the background is the Snyder Farmhouse .


What is a Witness Tree?

Witness Trees are those trees that stood at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg.  There are believed to be approximately twenty remaining Witness Trees today. It is unknown if any wood from these trees will ultimately be available to Gettysburg Sentinels.  The Witness Tree wood used for our products have been legally acquired from third parties including the Gettysburg Foundation.

Our Witness Trees include:

  • Gettysburg Address Honey Locust*

  • Abraham Lincoln's Sycamore

  • General John Buford's Oak

  • General James Longstreet's Oak

  • Spangler Spring's Walnut

  • Bloody Wheatfield Oak

  • Colonel Charles Costner's Oak

  • Chaplain Horatio Howell's Linden

  • Camp Letterman's Oak*

* Still standing today


What is a Battlefield Tree?

Battlefield Trees are those that were not standing at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg.  As with Witness Trees the wood used for our products have been legally acquired from third parties.

Our Battlefield Trees Include:

  • Pickett's Charge Oak

  • Pickett's Charge Cherry

  • Pickett's Charge Walnut

  • South Battlefield Oak

  • Codori Thicket Cedar

  • High Watermark Oak

How is the wood verified to be from a Witness Tree or Battlefield Tree?

The origin of the wood used in our products is confirmed by the bill of sale or other transfer documentation.  Yes, it would be easy to use non-battlefield wood, but that would be fraudulent and against the respect we have for the trees that have produced the wood used in our products.

Has any of the wood from trees used for Gettysburg Sentinels products been harvested specifically for Gettysburg Sentinels?

Absolutely not.  Trees are removed from the Gettysburg Battlefield for the following reasons:

  • Preservation.  Diseased trees are often treated at which time branches may be removed by professional arborists as part of the treatment process.

  • Death.  After hundreds of years the trees ultimately die and are removed by tree removal professionals.

  • Acts of nature.  Mother nature sometimes plays a roll during storms.  The downed trees are removed by tree removal professionals.  The Longstreet Tree is a great example.

  • Interpretation.  It is the Park Service's mission to interpret the Battle of Gettysburg.  Often, trees grow today in spots where they did not exist in 1863 making it difficult for the Park Service to fulfill their charge.  These trees are removed by tree removal professionals.

Gettysburg Sentinels has acquired nearly all of its wood from the arborists and tree removal contractors contracted by the National Park Service.  Had we not acquired it the harvested wood would be destroyed and gone forever.