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Ghosts of Gettysburg

Updated on June 17, 2013

Anyone familiar with the paranormal has heard of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I am lucky enough to live less than an hour away from there and am hoping to explore everything I have found out about it someday. I am going to try and put together a list of as many places as I can and a little information about each one, this is in no way a complete list, but it is a starting point.

Sachs Bridge-

Built in 1854 the Sauches Covered Bridge as it was known during the Battle of Gettysburg was used by both the Confederate and the Union Armies. It has been long known as a haunted location in the area and it may be the water that runs under it that helps promote the activity found in and around the bridge. The bridge itself is 100 feet long and spans the Marsh Creek, there have been many sightings of apparitions here, it is believed that 3 Confederate soldiers were hung here and still “hang” around. Also sighted, a small boy in period dress along with parts of what appear to be human body parts such as an arm or a leg. Also a few times a menacing figure has been spotted along with many wisps of mist that have shown up on pictures that were not visible to the naked eye. Many other noises and feelings have occurred while on the bridge.

Hole from gun shot that killed Jenny Wade
Hole from gun shot that killed Jenny Wade
Where Jenny's body was kept after she passed.
Where Jenny's body was kept after she passed.

Jennie Wade House-

As many of you may know, I did not have the best experience at Jennie’s house but now that I look back on it, several things did happen while I was there; I just didn’t comprehend them when it did. Unfortunately it is not free to tour the house, so after paying the fee you will get to enjoy the quaintness of the house. One thing I know I had forgotten in my other hub was about the swinging rope in the front room, or bedroom. Of course the bed is blocked off with velvet rope so we all cannot just jump on in, and when we were standing back in the kitchen area where Jennie would have been shot, the rope kept swinging slowly back and forth as we were in the kitchen. It was very cool just to be in such a historic spot and to be mere inches from where Jennie Wade was shot, by the way for those of you who have never been, the actual door where the bullet went through is still there. I experienced not only the rope swing, but heard giggling and was also touched when in the cellar.

Tillie Pierce House-

One of the more well known establishments in Gettysburg and also seen on several paranormal shows, as well as being investigated by local paranormal teams. Tillie Pierce was but a girl of 15 when the Rebs marched into Gettysburg, it is said that the house was used by both the Confederate and the Union troops, Tillie was said to also have volunteered at a local field hospital. Much activity has happened at the Tillie Pierce House, such as noises, cold spots, feelings of being touched, orbs and footsteps have often been heard. Most noticeably is a mysterious tapping noise that seems to emanate from everywhere, a floral smell is often detectable in the air with no flowers in evidence. Also objects have been moved with no one in the room.

Farnsworth House Inn-

Having been tagged as one of the most haunted places in Gettysburg, this is a fun place to go if you’re into having an “experience.” The house was originally built in 1810 and in saying such one of the best places to visit for those who want a good scare is the basement where a reconstructed Victorian Era funeral parlor resides along with memorabilia from that time. It has been said that up to 14 spirits roam the house, from cats, men, women, children and many soldiers; it is also believed something evil may roam the grounds as well. So many things have been heard, seen, smelled and felt here it is hard to know where to begin. People have reported objects moving or being thrown, appliances that turn themselves on and off, apparitions, smells, being touched and even a report of a ghostly nurse who has healed a guest or two’s injuries. This place is a definite must for the paranormal enthusiast.

Gettysburg National Military Park-

This park encompasses many of the areas considered to be haunted, but for sanity reasons I like to break everything down to individual areas. The GNMP has been talked about on TV, in books, magazines and countless other arenas; it is a favorite of paranormal groups and avid ghost hunters alike. Over 50,000 men died on the battlefield and it is said that when night comes to the battlefield it emanates its own special glow and hundreds, perhaps thousands of soldiers continue readying for battle, while others are in battle. It is a beautiful yet eerie sight to behold. Men yelling out orders or crying out in pain can be heard, gun smoke fills the air in some places along with the overpowering smell of gun powder. For those sensitive to the feelings of a place I would not recommend staying after dark as the sense of sadness and pain can quickly overcome you.

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    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR

      JesadaB 

      5 years ago from Home!

      Hey Robie, well it is not something everyone likes to do, and I don't get to do it as often as I would like, but since all these places are so close I hope to be able to go visit each one eventually. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Robie Benve 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      I don't know if I'd really want to verify the different cases. I have a big chicken heart for this kind of things... Quite troubling info, but very interesting.

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