Gettysburg's iconic witness trees took center stage this week as part of a CBS Sunday Morning broadcast. The story, "Standing Witness," focused on the trees' roles as bystanders to the epic battle in 1863.
"These witness trees remind park visitors, of every age, that the Civil War is hardly ancient history," said reporter Mark Strassman as part of the broadcast. "Trees that once lent shade and comfort to soldiers with just hours to live, that uniquely bring America's bloody past into the present."
In addition to an interview with Supervisory Park Ranger Angie Akinson, the story also included exhibits in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center as well as a tour of the battlefield by GettysBike.
CBS Sunday Morning averages 6 million viewers per week, and approximately 26 million unique visitors per month to its website.
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