Throughout history, there have been countless battles and wars, creating death and bloodshed that leaves a stain on the land. Many believe where there was a battle, there are ghosts. Follow along as I discuss some of the most haunted battlefields to date.
The Battle of Gettysburg – Pennsylvania
Known as the largest battle in North America, the Battle of Gettysburg is the most haunted as well with many ghost stories. To start, out of the psychics that have visited, most won’t dare to enter the Soldier’s Orphanage center due to a legend surrounding it. The building was prosperous at first when it became an orphanage but then it all took a dark turn when the headmistress was replaced by Rosa J. Carmichael. She had resorted to cruel disciplinary action by creating a dungeon for children. It has become a popular spot for ghost hunters and the Ghost Adventures Crew even spent the night to try and communicate with Carmichael. Built in 1815, the Herr Tavern was used as the first Confederate hospital during the battle, where amputations were held and where, chillingly, the disconnected limbs were thrown out the window to be collected later on. As a result of the many deaths that took place in the tavern, four of the guest rooms are believed to be occupied by spirits. The rooms are also numbered in such a way to where there is not a room thirteen. Current claims and accounts of paranormal activity include strange mists, apparitions of soldiers, and some have even spotted ghostly battles replaying from the past.
The Battle of Chickamauga – Georgia
Fought from September 18-20 of 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga is known to have been the bloodiest battle of the Civil Wars, where the casualty count almost reached that of Gettysburg. It was also the first major battle that occurred in Georgia. While the battlefield is occupied with plenty of mysterious activity, there is the famous ‘Ol’ Green Eyes’. Legend revolves as it either being a decapitated head of a deceased soldier looking for his body or that it’s some sort of monster that even goes back before the battle itself. Another spirit is the “lady in white” (what location doesn’t have one?) who is supposedly searching for her husband. Visitors also report hearing the sound of gunshots as well as soldiers marching, ghostly moaning, and crying. Today the land (141 acres) is preserved by the National Park Service as being part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Fort William Henry – New York
Located in Lake George, New York is a museum located on the grounds where hundreds of died in a battle between the Native American warriors, civilians, and British soldiers. The current building is a replica of the old fort. Ghost tours are held on certain evenings of the warmer months but it depends on the season. People have heard strange sounds, have spotted abnormal shadowy figures, and they often experience objects moving on their own.
Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery – Louisiana
The Battle of New Orleans took place in 1815 on the grounds of Chalmette. It later became a national cemetery to remember over 15,000 that had fallen from the Civil to the Vietnam War. One of the main hotspots for paranormal activity is the Beauregard House as it was used as a hospital for the wounded and dying during the war. People spot the ghosts of soldiers and hear residual sounds of the battle on the property and some say that the ghost of Jean Lafitte (who worked in some of the areas around the park before and during the battle) is said to haunt the Destrehan Plantation.
Battle of Cold Harbor – Virginia
From May 31 to June 12th of 1864 was the battle of Cold Harbor that took place near Mechanicsville, Virginia. It too was considered to be one of the bloodiest battles and most lopsided battles – June 1st being recognized as the most brutal day of battle. The Union soldier’s death toll was well into the thousands against the Confederates (the army of Gen. Robert E. Lee). Today, visitors experience smelling gunpowder while hearing the sounds of cannons and horses. Unexplained lights have also been reported at this battlefield.
Battle of Antietam – Maryland
Also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, this bloody battle took place on September 17 of 1862 between the Confederate army of General Robert E. Lee and the Union army of General George B. McClellan. It occurred near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek in Maryland, being part of the Maryland Campaign and was the first field battle to happen on Union Soil. It also has a reputation as being one of the bloodiest with a combined total of 22,717 either dead, missing, or wounded. Bloody Lane (a sunken road pictured above, where over 5,000 soldiers died) is reportedly haunted by the apparitions of soldiers that walk the road, along with the faint smell of gunpowder and the sound of gunfire. The Burnside Bridge (aka Rohrback Bridge) is where many of the soldiers were swiftly buried in unmarked graves. Visitors report seeing unexplainable blue light with the fading sound of drums. The Piper House and the Pry House are supposedly haunted by reoccurring footsteps and by the apparition of a woman who is thought to be the wife of one of the generals who died. The final haunted location of this battlefield is the St. Paul Episcopal Church as it was used as a Confederate hospital after the battle (but another place was used for the wounded as where the floors are rumored to be permanently stained with blood). People report hearing screams and cried (likely from the soldiers that died here) and others see a flickering light in the tower of the church.
Battle of the Alamo – Texas
The Battle of the Alamo was fought from February 23rd to March 6th of 1836 and was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution with multiple casualties as the Texians and Mexican army fought back and forth to claim the land. Eventually, in the Battle of San Jacinto on April of 1636, Texas won independence although the fight didn’t end there as Mexico wouldn’t take defeat launching attacks on Texas numerous times in the years following. But there was something unusual about this battle for there were mysterious spirits said to have aided in defending the building from Mexican forces. When they arrived after being sent to burn it down, the men had paled and stepped back, clearly frightened claiming that there were spirits guarding with flaming swords. But their general only scoffed at the thought of it and sent a few men (along with himself) to sent off to the Alamo but the general spotted a tall, male ghost rise tall on the roof of the barracks with balls of fire in each hand. This caused their mission to fall into failure and they never returned. To this day, ghostly guards are actually spotted on the southern side of the roof, especially on colder or rainy nights and people hear phantom footsteps, disembodies voices and whispers. It seems that throughout the years, the Alamo has remained guarded by protective entities and it will likely be that way for years to come.
Because of the brutality and bloodshed, these soldiers continue to roam where their lives ended…Maybe they need proper closure or maybe in some way, the battle never ended for them and they continue to defend in the afterlife.
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