Live oaks to honor South Carolina soldiers

Horry County, S.C., has begun an ambitious project to pair live oaks with Civil War soldiers from the county. Named the Patriot Tree Project, the county’s planning department expects, when finished, to have given a soldier’s name to about 900 trees.

The plan is to identify a good specimen of the tree, which grows well in the area, and then look for a soldier who has some connection to that area. Each tree will have a bar code. When scanned by a smartphone, it will take the user to a Web site that will give the soldier’s name, birth date, death date, burial place and details of the man’s service, according to a story in The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Next month, the first 12 trees will be named at a ceremony at the Upper Mill Plantation, an historic site where the first steam-operated lumber mill in the state was located. One will be named for Capt. Henry L. Buck and another for Henry McCall, an African American man who went to war along with Buck.

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