Close X Marine Capt. Christopher Hall and Cub Scout Brayden Scott tag one of what will eventually be 620,000 ceremonial trees, each commemorating a Civil War soldier who fell in battle. Courtesy of Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

620,000 trees to honor fallen Civil War soldiers

Visitors along the scenic byway between Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Charlottesville, Virginia, will begin to notice clusters of trees lining the route.

But it’s much more than a beautification project. The 180-mile corridor will honor fallen soldiers: 620,000 to be exact.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project will be planting or dedicating a tree for each man who died in the line of duty from 1861 through 1865.