The Journey Through Hallowed Ground will hold its first Living Legacy tree-planting ceremony of the year April 12, when it will add 500 trees to the Inn at Meander Plantation in Madison County, Va.
National Guard members will join wounded veterans and descendants of Civil War soldiers for the planting ceremony, which will be on the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
A Waterford, Va.-based nonprofit organization, Journey Through Hallowed Ground created the Living Legacy project with the goal of planting a tree in memory of each of the 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War. The group and its partners are planting the trees along a historic corridor stretching from Charlottesville to Gettysburg, Pa., officials said. The route passes through Prince William and Loudoun counties.
Peter Hart, project director, said that representatives from the 116th Virginia Army National Guard, the brigade founded by Stonewall Jackson, will help plant the first batch of trees at a site crossed by Jackson and 16,000 of his troops on their way to the Battle of Cedar Mountain.
“We’re going to be planting trees in the very ground that some of these soldiers who lost their lives in the battles walked across,” Hart said.