The last veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg died in the early 1950s, but there are still living witnesses to the pivotal battle of the War Between the States.
Known as “Witness Trees,” they are the dwindling number of trees that were present when the 1863 battle took place near the bucolic Pennsylvania community.
Last week, park officials found a new one — although fallen — with two bullets still embedded in its trunk 148 years later, according to the Washington Post.
“The real witnesses to the battle . . . are still here,” said John Heiser, Gettysburg National Military Park historian, “even though they can’t talk to us. . . . They’re the last living witnesses to this singular event.”
Brad Warthen remains among South Carolina’s best bloggers, but his success is fueled not simply by his writing ability (though he is a very good writer) or because his blog gets a great deal of traffic (it does, certainly for an SC blog).
Warthen is among the best because he calls it like he sees it, no matter whose ox he gores.
To wit: Last Friday, US Rep. Joe Wilson put out a press release titled “I WAS RIGHT”. Warthen rightly took Wilson to task, beginning by highlighting an excerpt from the release:
Nearly two years ago I made national news when I voiced your outrage at the misrepresentations being perpetuated by the Obama administration. The media and Obama’s liberal allies attacked me for only pointing out the truth that ObamaCare would cover illegal immigrants.