It’s a dry fact to say that approximately 620,000 men lost their lives during the American Civil War. To put that enormous number into perspective, that’s roughly equal to the number of people who currently live in Boston, Massachusetts.
Memorializing each of those who were lost is an enormous task, and it’s one that Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) has undertaken. JTHG seeks to raise awareness of the history and heritage in the 180-mile corridor running from Gettysburg to Monticello. Part of this program is the Living Legacy Project, which will plant one tree along the corridor for each of the 620,000 who fell during the war. Those 620,000 trees will create the world’s longest landscaped allee. Ancestry and Fold3 are pleased to be partnering with Journey Through Hallowed Ground to create this living tribute.
Each tree in the Living Legacy Program will be geo-tagged, which will allow visitors to the website and smartphone users there in person to know exactly to whom a tree is dedicated, as well as the materials on that soldier’s memorial page on Fold3. These memorial pages have basic facts about the soldier and users can upload additional information, documents and photographs.
JTHG, Ancestry and Fold3 are working with teachers to help them incorporate researching the lives of the Civil War fallen into their curriculum. Recently, Brock Bierman, Gordon Atkinson and I presented a day-long workshop at Manassas National Battlefield Park for area teachers, historical site managers and museum personnel.
They were enthusiastic about the work that they have been doing with their students and were eager to learn new resources and strategies for researching Civil War soldiers.
As the Living Legacy Program continues to grow – literally – it will become both a stunning visual tribute and a resource for information about those who lost their lives in the Civil War.
And for those of you searching for Civil War soldiers, here is the presentation we gave. Hope it helps you in your own research.