Haunted Gettysburg:Is this a Ghost of the Gettysburg Battlefield?

Gettysburg Ghost Photograph?

This is the image. Is the Fogged Area a Ghost of the tragic days of 1-3 July 1863 when the fields around this spot saw over 100,000 Americans fight a series of bloody battles? A larger version is included later in this hub.
This is the image. Is the Fogged Area a Ghost of the tragic days of 1-3 July 1863 when the fields around this spot saw over 100,000 Americans fight a series of bloody battles? A larger version is included later in this hub. | Source

16 October, 2002 Gettysburg Pennsylvania

On 16, October, 2002 I was staying in the town of Gettysburg, PA. As you can see from the photograph it was a sunny day, The day before had been one of a steady drizzle which appeared almost fog like all day.

I had spent the morning of the 16th walking along Cemetary Ridge and walked from the Grove of Trees at the Bloody Angle across the fields toward the Virginia Monument. I had been using the camera for most of the morning and would not get the exposed film developed for several days. The film was developed at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Melbourne, Florida.

It was not until the film was developed that I saw the fogged image just off center of the photograph. The fog does not appear on any other photographs taken with that camera.

Looking to the Big and Little Round Top

 On my arrival at the Virginia Monument I decided to take a photograph along what would have been the front line of Pickett's Division on July 3. 1863. This is the picture. To my right is the Virginia Monument, in the far distance are the Round Tops. To my left is the distant Grove of Trees at "The Bloody Angle" the point where General Lew Armistead and his Virginia Regiments breached the Union Lines and Armistead was mortally wounded.

At the time I took the photograph I was alone, a party of horse riders were about fifty yards away, but no other people were present.

I am not claiming the photograph is definitely a spirit photograph, I realise Gettysburg has developed a reputation for hauntings. I am a believer in an after life though.

The Evidence Larger Image

This is my photograph. It was taken with a 35mm Kodak disposable camera. The location was in front of the Virginia Monument (R.E.Lee's Equestrian Statue) Looking towards the Round Tops.
This is my photograph. It was taken with a 35mm Kodak disposable camera. The location was in front of the Virginia Monument (R.E.Lee's Equestrian Statue) Looking towards the Round Tops. | Source

Estimated statistics of fogged area.

I am five feet ten inches (175 cm) tall, from this I would estimate the top of the fog to be about five feet seven inches (168 cm) high. There appears to be a slight human form in that the fog widens about the shoulder region and narrows at where I would say there is a waist. The fog cuts off at what I would estimate is just above knee height.

If the fogged area is an object it must be between me and the shadow of the tree which is lying across the ground a few feet away. You can see the shadow come in from the side of the photo at about center right, the shadow fades as it enters the fog, then reappears from the fogged area continuing towards the lower left.

There is also a definite loss of definition regarding the tree line at the horizon. This suggests, to me, some deepening of the fogged region. Possibly then the fogged region is not a flat plane but has depth as well as height and width.

This is the first time that I have published this photograph, it has been kept in a photograph album for almost nine years now.

What do You Think?

Is the photograph ...

  • A Spirit Photograph
  • Damaged in processing
  • A light burst
  • A Hoax
  • No known explanation
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So what do you think?

Is this a shadow of one of the soldiers of Pickett's Division? Maybe come back to have a last picture taken before he steps out into the hot July sun, the bugles, guns and shouting of orders echoing in his ears?

Is it an internal fault in the film emulsion caused by the cold and damp the day before/ Possibly causing condensation on the emulsion?Was there an error in processing this one photograph which was not admitted too at the time?

Did light somehow enter the camera and cause the fogging?

Finally, Is the photograph a hoax? Made to deceive.

What do you think?

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Comments: 6 comments

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Aley Martin 5 years ago from Tacoma, Washington,USA

Excellent Hub on a subject many will poo-poo, but not me! I "felt" the people there as I have at other places of tragedy. This picture is phenomenal. Good "catch"....such brutality and sadness felt there. Many say the same of Auschwitz and other death camps. Wish more people believed this was true. I spent time trying to pray for these people to "move on"...they are trapped between worlds and are still confused about what happened to them!


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Bretsuki 5 years ago from California USA Author

Hello Aley, Thank you for taking the time to comment. I know that many do poo poo the idea of ghosts as superstitious nonsense. It is sad people cannot keep an open mind. After all there is no proof either way, true there are hoaxes but now and again something happens which cannot just be explained away. To me this picture is one such case. Thanks again.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

You will never know and, it cannot be proved nor disproved. I think it could very well be a ghost. I enjoyed your hub about it and am glad you published your picture. When I visit battlefields where many lives were lost, I feel reverence but pick up on a subtle electrifying air at the same time. Thanks :>)


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Bretsuki 5 years ago from California USA Author

Hello cat, that is true. I visited Gettysburg from the point of view of a historian. I wanted to get a feel of a place I knew from the history books. It wasn't a disappointment. It is beautiful, and it is not a little sad to think it's beauty is dependant on the horrors that happened there.

Thank you for taking time to comment I very much appreciate it.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and awesome! I believe it is truly a ghost in this photograph. Now I want to go there and take some snapshots myself to see if anything would come out! Great write-up, too. I have a picture of me and a ghost in my home, which is posted in this hub:

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/My-Experie...

P.S. don't be afraid to post links in my hubs, I welcome them and they won't be considered spam at all.


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Bretsuki 5 years ago from California USA Author

Thank you kittythedreamer, Gettysburg is a great place to visit for anyone. I particularly recommend a visit to the Farnsworth House on Baltimore Street, it's a nice B&B plus serves a wonderful dinner. Lots of history and ghosts

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