General John Buford's Witness Tree Magnifying Glass
This product is made from witness tree wood from the mighty oak that stood watch over Union General John Buford and his men as they defended the Union left flank during the Battle of Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 1, 1863. Major General John Buford, Jr. gained his greatest fame and arguably made his biggest contribution to the Civil War on July 1, 1863. Buford, commanding the 1st Division of the Cavalry Corps, ran into parts of the Army of Northern Virginia west of Gettysburg. Having only enough strength to post one man per yard of ground, Buford instructed one of his brigades, under Colonel William Gamble, to dismount to impede the advance of A.P. Hill’s Confederate III Corps along the road from Cashtown. Buford’s skillful defensive troop alignments along with the bravery, dedication, and the skill of his men, gave the Union First Corps, under Major General John F. Reynolds, the time it needed to deploy his infantry to meet the Confederates outside of Gettysburg, thus maintaining a Union foothold on the strategically important positions that would become the backbone of the Union defensive positions for the remainder of the battle.
The wood used to create this product is guaranteed to be from the Oak Witness Tree that once stood on the Gettysburg Battlefield. The tree was legally harvested, portions of which were secured by Gettysburg Sentinels.
Available without engraving.