To honor the 150th anniversary of the civil war, holes are being dug in the grass median about an hour south the Mason-Dixon Line to plan oak, cedar, maple and dogwood trees.
Approximately 740,000 soldiers are estimated to have died during the civil war’s short span of four years. This number is questionable because of poorly kept records and it is unlikely we will ever know the true toll. Possibly because the civil war was the last war in which hand to hand combat was prevalent, it saw more casualties than in any war before or since.
This $65 million project will stretch 180 miles north to south across three states, resulting in the longest man-made path of trees in the world.
Communities along the route are being asked to provide land to create groves of trees. So far, 248 trees have been planted at Bliss Orchard at Gettysburg. This is an effort by the National Park Service to see the battlefield site restored to its 1863 condition and appearance. In very short order, Cate Magennis Wyatt, head of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership began receiving calls quickly from citizens asking how they could contribute.