LANCASTER, Pa. -- Tomorrow will feature the 100th meeting between Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg and to commemorate the occasion, a new award called the "Lincoln Football Trophy" was crafted.
Since 1890, the teams have used one road to travel between each institution, the Lincoln Highway. In honor of the namesake of the highway, the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln, and his importance to the town of Gettysburg, a special trophy, called the "Lincoln Football Trophy" will be handed out to the winner of the Gettysburg-Franklin & Marshall football game.
The Lincoln Trophy is a replica wooden stovepipe top hat that was created and donated by a local craftsman, Bill Hewitt. The wood used are from the remains of two "witness trees" that stood during the Battle of Gettysburg that President Lincoln would have passed during his visit following the battle in 1863. The trophy will be unveiled for the first time during Saturday's game.
One tree was an oak that overlooked the position of Confederate troops as they assaulted the Peach Orchard, Wheatfield, and Round Tops on July 2. The other stood outside the Christ Lutheran Church which served as one of the first hospitals established to treat wounded soldiers during the battle.
A bullet from the battle was found within one of the trees and has been embedded within the trophy itself, under the hat.
Click here to watch a video of the making of the trophy.