This is a cement monument to the 90th Pennsylvania Regiment that was in action here on the morning of July 1st, 1863.
During the fight on the 1st day, this area was once a wooded section. Most of the trees were blown away from musket & cannon fire. When I looked more closely at the “tree” there was a musket, a nap sac, a rifle, and a canteen that was hung here by a Soldier from the 90th Pennsylvania during a lull in the action. He sat here to take a short rest from death & fighting that was just below him.
There is also a bird nest at the very top, and a cannon ball that split the tree. The bird nest is supposed to show that Life will go on, despite what happened here. I don’t know if it was the original ball that shattered this tree. Probably not.
A 10 lb. Parrot Cannon used by both Union & Confederate Forces at the Battle of Gettysburg.