Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is known for the famous Gettysburg Battlefield, which took place from July 1 to 3 in 1863. Around 50,000 soldiers died during one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War and many claimed that the area where the killings took place is swarming with the spirits of these soldiers.
The battle was very important because it was a Union victory that stopped Confederate General Robert E. Lee from invading more places but the cost of this victory was the many young lives taken too soon.
The History Of The Gettysburg Battle
The Gettysburg Battle was not supposed to happen but Lee thought that invading the north would result to a positive outcome. Lee marched his troops into the Shenandoah Valley. Later, Lee received a message saying that the Union Army was on the move to where they were. Because Lee knew of the move, he decided to concentrate his Confederate forces at a small village near Gettysburg where he would confront the Federal advance troops. Eventually the two groups ran into each other and the battle ensued.
The Gettysburg Battlefield. (Link: https://www.thoughtco.com/ghost-encounters-at-gettysburg-2594202)
On the fourth day of the battle, which was July 4, the armies were still on the battle field and the two generals of each troop were waiting for the other as to the next move. Lee realized that his invasion of the north was not a success. Lee eventually retreated and that was the end of the war for the two forces.
After The Gettysburg Battle
After the battle, the dead bodies were all over Gettysburg. Most of them were in the fields and the other were on the streets. The smell of decaying bodies enveloped Gettysburg for many days.
A photo showing some of the dead bodies at the Gettysburg battlefield. (Link: https://allthatsinteresting.com/battle-of-gettysburg-photos)
Also, many homes and establishments were turned into hospitals because of the soldiers who were wounded from the battle. One woman from the area shared, “Wounded men were brought into our houses and laid side-by-side in our halls and rooms. Carpets were so saturated with blood as to be unfit for further use. Walls were bloodstained, as well as books that were used as pillows.” Around 22,000 soldiers were wounded after the battle.
Later, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in the area was completed and then-president Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address for the fallen soldiers.
Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address. (Link: https://www.thoughtco.com/abraham-lincoln-and-the-gettysburg-address-1773573)
Places Where Manifestations At The Gettysburg Battlefield May Be Seen
The Pennsylvania Hall – This hall is located within the Gettysburg College, which was used as a shelter for the wounded and the dying during the Gettysburg Battle. According to some students and staff at the college, they have seen figures of soldiers walking back and forth in the building. It is believed that the guards seen in the area belonged to the troops of Lee, who were guarding him during the battle.
Pennsylvania Hall in Gettysburg today. (Link: https://www.gettysburgdaily.com/pennsylvania-hall-gettysburg-college/)
One student claimed that he saw a figure gesturing as if asking for help. The student called out to the figure and asked if he was maybe trapped somewhere. The figure later vanished and upon investigation of the campus security, no one was in the building.
Another famous story about the Pennsylvania Hall is that of two college administrators who were on their way home one night. They came from the fourth floor and were to go to the first floor of the building. They rode the elevator but they were mysteriously taken to the basement of the building. When the elevator doors opened, they saw the blood-splattered operating room back in 1863. Allegedly, there was no noise but it was apparent that the area was chaotic.
The Battlefield itself – Needless to say, the battlefield itself would be one of the most haunted sites in Gettysburg. Many have gone to the field purposely to see for themselves the said spirits roaming around. Initially, there were residences that were put up across the battlefield and they were used as the make-shift hospitals for the wounded and the dying. Now, the residences serve as houses of park rangers and personnel working for the National Park Service. Employees are reluctant to relay what they have experienced at these houses but some shared their ghostly encounters.
The Gettysburg National Military Park today. (Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1he0vm/dawn_at_the_gettysburg_national_military_park/)
One home is called George Weickert House and accordingly a door on the second floor refuses to stay close and the reason remains unknown. Other tenants claimed that they heard footsteps on the second floor and the footsteps weren’t just simple walking, the occupants noted that it was as if the entity making the noise was in deep thought and was worried because the footsteps were so heavy.
The George Weickert House at the Gettysburg Battlefield. (Link: http://civilwarwiki.net/wiki/George_Weickert_Farm_(Gettysburg))
Another home is referred to as the Hummelbaugh House and some said they heard the cries of Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale. He was wounded and was brought to the home. He was last seen lying in front of the house while a young boy was giving him water using a spoon. Barksdale still asked for water although the boy was no longer there and some claim that they still hear his voice asking for water. A hunting dog that was a favorite of Barksdale is also a part of the story. The wife of Barksdale went to the area where her husband’s remains were a few days after the battle. She took the dog with her to where Barksdale’s grave was and the dog fell onto the ground and began howling. The dog did not budge and continued to watch over the grave over the next days. He still howled and whatever locals did to lure him away from the grave, the dog refused. The dog eventually died from hunger and thirst. Related to this, many locals said that at the night of July 2, the anniversary of Barksdale’s death, a howl echoes into the night.
The Hummelbaugh House at the Gettysburg Battlefield. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/816840451133952943/)
The third house is named as Rose Farm and hundreds of soldiers were buried around the property. Locals claimed they saw soldier marching and some were even riding their horses as if they were ready to fight in the battle again.
The Rose Farm at the Gettysburg Battlefield. (Link: http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/battlefield-farms/rose-farm/)
The Devil’s Den – The most haunted in the area where the Gettysburg Battle took place is called the Devil’s Den. It is a triangular field and electronic equipment and cameras usually do not work. Even before the battle, however, the area was already full of mystery. One writer claimed that Indian war-whoops were heard on certain nights and Indian ceremonies took place there. After the battle, some said that they saw apparitions of sharpshooters in the area as well as heard sounds of gunshots.
The Devil’s Den at Gettysburg. (Link: http://visitpadutchcountry.com/photos-devils-den-gettysburg/)
Also, a man in this area who has been described as a hippie by some people who saw him, talks to those who are usually lost or are trying to take photos in the area. One man was successful in taking a photo here and when the photo was eventually printed, that hippie was in the snap and the man who took the picture swore no one was there when he took the photo.
Little Round Top – This site is at the southernmost section of the park. A headless horseman and soldiers were usually seen here. During the filming of “Gettysburg,” a group of actors went to this part and they later heard a man, who was wearing the uniform of a Union private, say to them, “Rough one today, eh boys?” The soldier then handed them a few musket rounds.
The Little Round Top at the Gettysburg Battlefield. (Link: http://maineatwar.bangordailynews.com/2012/04/20/post-cards-from-little-round-top/)
Are you brave enough to visit these places at the Gettysburg Battlefield?