There is a period of American history that the spirits of Gettysburg will never allow us to forget.
The Battle of Gettysburg has been the most significant contributor ever to provide us the most haunted place on earth. Let us take you to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
History was made on July 1-3, 1863. During this chronicled time, a three-day devastating battle was fought in Gettysburg, designating a turning point in the course of the American Civil War. It also marked an historic moment in the future of the United States of America. This town has never forgotten this, nor have the spirits that continue to roam in this consecrated land. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is, without a doubt, one of the most haunted and spiritual grounds in the world.
During the Civil War, 94,000 Union troops under General George Meade clashed with 72,000 Confederate soldiers under General Robert E. Lee in a small town in Pennsylvania, known as Gettysburg. This became the bloodiest battle fought during the Civil War.
From July 1 to 3, 1863, more than 51,000 Americans were killed, wounded, or went missing. As a result, it’s hardly surprising that Gettysburg has its fair share of ghost stories. One of the first ghost stories that would haunt Gettysburg, actually occurred during the battle itself.
Gettysburg Battlefield ~ Credit: History on the Net
Although the Confederates were ultimately devastated on July 3rd, 1863, the Union soldiers were actually in trouble at one point. The 20th Maine Division had arrived to reinforce the flagging troops, but they had no idea where to go. According to Division soldiers, a striking figure in an old-fashioned uniform appeared on a white horse and led them up to Little Round Top, a strategic point that enabled them to rout a flank of Confederates and ultimately win the battle.
The soldiers insisted that the glowing apparition they followed bore an uncanny resemblance to George Washington. There’s no denying this story reeks of propaganda – it’s only one step away from the old claim that “God is on our side” – but the story has had remarkably long life nevertheless.
Haunted Gettysburg Pennsylvania ~ Credit: Gettysburg Hotel
If you visit the National Military Park on a clear summer night, you will sometimes see fog creeping in and surrounding the field where so many people fell. Fog always brings a creepy sensation with it, although such sudden ground mists are not exactly unusual weather for this kind of topology. But what’s inside the fog in this case is a little more unusual: Lights flash on and off, appearing to advance along the same path that the Confederates took to Little Round Top.
Haunted Gettysburg Battlefield ~ Credit: Hughescamp.org
Sometimes, shadows or transparent apparitions appear on horseback. Although it’s hard to see anything in those conditions, these riders are often reported as being headless – though this may be due to an overactive imagination fired by too many readings of Sleepy Hollow.
Overlooking Haunted Gettysburg ... It's not just the battlefield. ~ Credit: Loadedlandscapes.com
Here we present four of the mega hot-spots in Gettysburg. Many aren't well known to those that lurk this town looking for validation of the haunted, so this is your opportunity to beat the K2 Metered attached folks and experience the secret haunts of Gettysburg!
Remember, you won’t need to go to the actual battlefield to experience a ghostly interaction – they are all over the place!
These sites have reported their fair share of apparitions, as seen on photos/videos, EVPs (digital audio recordings), disembodied voices, and, of course, validation with use of paranormal equipment (K2s, infrared, SRS cameras, etc.). So these are not for the faint at heart!
All of Gettysburg is a monumental collection of ghosts waiting to tell you their story. ~ Credit: Gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com
We ask that you respect this hollowed land, since it represents one of the biggest tragedies and loss of life in American military history.
Today, it's known as the Civil War Trails at the Homestead Diorama Museum. During the battle of Gettysburg, however, this building was the headquarters of Union General Howard. In 1866, it was turned into an orphanage and at one time housed 130 boys and girls. Most of these children lost their parents during the Civil War. The head mistress was Rosa Carmichael, who was infamous for her cruelty and was eventually convicted of child abuse. The orphanage closed in 1877, but Rosa's dark spirit is said to be lurking in the basement, trapped and angry.
This property was featured on Ghost Adventures.
Jeannie Wade has the misfortune of being the only civilian casualty of the Battle of Gettysburg. She was baking bread inside the home of her sister when she was struck by a stray bullet and killed. Guests still report smelling baking bread. She has also been seen in photographs taken by visitors of the house where she was killed. As seen on Ghost Hunters, Ghost Detectives, and Ghost Adventures.
This is a gem of a place to experience the haunted in Gettysburg. Situated only half a mile from the actual battlefield, this former Confederate Hospital Camp is open to the public by actual Paranormal Investigators! What makes this property even sweeter, is that it's not a well-known haunted property … yet!
Here you will hear captured recordings of voices, known as EVPs; you will see shadow figures, and hear disembodied whispers. You may be watched and even touched. You will never feel alone in these trails.
In addition to the eight acres in these haunted trails, a haunted cellar has been added, favored by the presence of the spirits that call this their home.
The Gettysburg Engine House (Gettysburg and Northern Railroad):
It was here that the Union soldiers made a desperate stand against charging Confederates on July 1, 1863. Confederate dead were haphazardly buried around the scene of the battle by local laborers. The large, metal Engine House was built in 1991, long after the battle of Gettysburg, but it was constructed on the hallowed ground where men died and are likely still buried.
Did the construction stir up paranormal activity?
Here are more haunted gems just outside of Gettysburg!
Historic Lookout House Bed and Breakfast
Built in 1838, this property has witnessed both life and death. Explore the many rooms, from the wine cellar in the basement and the Victorian library to the Victorian Parlor area used for the viewing room during funerals and the Widows Walk on the very top of the house. An old school house is also on the property, along with many outbuildings.
Just a stone’s throw away from Gettysburg, the Historic Lookout House features many spaces reported to exhibit paranormal experiences. Since it's a bed and breakfast, guests are able to spend a long sleepless night exploring haunted possibilities!
At this site, Union Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer's Cavalry clashed with General Wade Hampton's Division of J.E.B. Stuart's Cavalry on July 2, 1863. Of his 3,500 men, Custer reported 32 dead and wounded; the 2,000 Confederate soldiers suffered 100 casualties. Some Civil War re-enactors have reported strange encounters around this battlefield.
On July 5-7, 2019, Gettysburg was involved in a historical and spectacular series of events, all recognizing the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg offered free guided walks and talks that discuss, explore, and reflect on this important chapter in our nation’s history. In addition there were reenactments that choked visitors with emotion and stirred their American spirit!
156th Anniversary of Gettysburg Battle - Reenactment ~ Baltimore Sun
For more information on the Reenactments, visit their website.
Make sure to come back and let us know any experiences you have had there (under comments), or simply go to the property’s listing and provide us with more information. Would love to hear, most of all, what the spirits of Gettysburg want the world to know!
See Apparitions as caught on the Video
Credit: Dark Zone Network
Please Note and be warned: Places that are listed in our articles or in Haunted Journeys catalog require permission to visit or investigate. Many of the places are patrolled by the owners and/or authorities, and stand the risk of you being prosecuted for trespassing. Rules for Public locations must be respected as posted on their properties/grounds. On recommendations on how to conduct yourselves with abandoned properties, please visit Haunted Places Around Me.
Please Note and be warned:
Places that are listed in our articles or in Haunted Journeys catalog require permission to visit or investigate. Many of the places are patrolled by the owners and/or authorities. You will stand the risk of you being prosecuted for trespassing if you proceed without permission.
Rules for Public locations must be respected as posted on their properties/grounds, whether they are occupied or abandoned. On recommendations on how to conduct yourselves with abandoned properties, please visit Haunted Places Around Me.
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