Most Haunted Places in America: Gettysburg Battlefield
You can usually count on paranormal activity at places that lost of life was sudden and unexpected. Then there is no wonder that a place where approximately 165,600 soldiers met, nearly 8,000 died (along with close to 3000 horses) plus one known civilian death and all in a three day period would be considered one of the most haunted places in America. July 1 – 3, 1863 this happened all in a little town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg.
Nearly 4 months after the battle, then President Lincoln dedicated a cemetery to the union soldiers and in his address stated, “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” He was only partially right. The National Park Service took over the battlefield in 1933 and since then has done everything it can to restore the area (6,000 acres) to the conditions of 1863.
Not only has America not forgotten but it seems some of the participants of those horrific three days have not forgotten either. Some died instantly; some were brought to make shift hospitals in the town itself only to die later and some would be unfortunate enough to lay wounded until death found them. It is these instances that make Gettysburg a hot spot for paranormal activity.
Though the hub seems to be the battle field itself and particular a spot called the Devil’s Den, the town is also susceptible to activity. For example, countless dead were brought to the town and in addition to that the amount of animals dead and laying in the field, made the town reek of death. So the town’s people would use lilac water to cover up the smell of death. That smell of lilac is reported to be in the air during ghost sightings.
The Devils Den is an area in the battlefield that is made up of large boulders. Confederate sharpshooters would hide behind the rocks and would shoot as Union troops passed through. The sharpshooters are credited with hundreds of kills before the Union army found them and eliminated the threat. If was after the war however that a war photographer instructed his assistants to move the bodies of the dead soldiers and went as far as dragging one behind the rocks to pose as a sharpshooter to get a good picture.
It is this action that is said to be behind the paranormal activity in this area. Many photographers as well as visitors have had their cameras malfunction in this area, photographs not develop, apparitions in the picture and even backgrounds of the grassy fields in the pictures coming out black.
Other sightings is that of Jennie Wade, the one known civilian casualty. She was killed by a stray bullet while in her home. It has been reported that she wanders around her home where she dies along with her father who had to be institutionalized after her death.
Another paranormal hub is the Farnsworth House. This home was taken over by the confederates on the first day of the battle. It was used to house the Confederate sharpshooters which incidentally it was a sharpshooter that was aid to have accidentally killed Jennie. The Farnsworth house has had many paranormal activities reported. Apparitions, footsteps, smell of cigar smoke, objects moving and actually ghost touches have been reported by guests and employees alike.
Here is a great ghost video from Gettysburg Battlefield.