Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership to plant 620,000 trees

| July 21, 2014

The Army Times reports that the organization Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership will be planting 620,000 trees between Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Charlotte Virginia to commemorate the lives lost during the Civil War, 150 years ago.

The project will showcase four types of trees, all in the red family, the color symbolizing courage and bravery: red bud, red oak, red maple and red cedar. The trees will be geotagged, and visitors can access information about each soldier represented, when available, including photos, diaries and records from the 1860s.

According to the National Park Service, half of the Civil War’s fallen soldiers remain unknown, but even those without records will have a tree dedicated in their honor, Butcher says.


“It’s so present because of all the American men and women who were killed in the recent battles. I try to imagine what it’d be like if 150 years from now nobody ever paid any respect to them. The time separation … between today and the Civil War should be irrelevant.”

The Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project says that each tree will cost them about $100 – quite a daunting project.

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  1. E-6 type, 1 ea says:

    That’s 620 million dollars! Where the HELL do you get that kind of fundraising to plant trees?! What am I doing wrong here? Holy shit!

  2. nbcguy54 says:

    62 mil actually, but still quite a chunk. I have no doubt that they’ll raise the donations too, but I’m waiting for someone to object to the fact that Confederate soldiers will be honored also.

  3. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Silliness. A lovely idea should have remained just that: as idea. Are these perma trees that will never be blown down, ravaged by insects, struck by lightning, and subject to death by fire and old age? And the tags? They’ll be stolen or dislodged lickity split. Silliness.

    • David says:

      My understanding of geotagging would indicate that stealing the tags would be akin to stealing the coordinates. Not a physical tag.

      More likely, developers will look at all these lovely trees, buy the land, and promptly denude the area for development. Nowadays it seems absolutely impossible to build a house if there is an existing tree within several hundred yards.

  4. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Ah … as long as I am not taxed for it … it sounds like a good idea … I am a bit of a tree hugger. I like trees!

  5. Thunderstixx says:

    I’ve done my best to plant trees wherever I live. I was in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest for several years and have seen the magnanimity of the Redwoods and the Douglas Fir’s that bring many good things to our world.
    Plant them. I would rather that trees are planted than illegals getting the damn money. But I do hope that tax money is not used for this worthwhile project. And yes, many will not make it, but the ones that do will be a living testament to the strength of this country as it flows through the veins of our men and women that fight and die on the battlefields of the world.

  6. Just an Old Dog says:

    Civil War preservation fundraising usually does nery well in raising funds.
    Little known factiod. MOST Confederate only cemeteries get NO federal Funding. Upkeep is provided by local groups or county and State Government. I ran into quite a few small plots with graves maintained by the Daughters of the Confederacy and reenactor groups. A few years back I was talking to the Gentlean who did the groundskeeping for the CS cemetery in Fredericksburg Va. A local ladies group maintains it with the help of $1 per grave a year from the state.