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Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 12/15/2013
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One of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War took place on this battlefield.

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg , PA 17325
Phone: 717-338-1243
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 39.811577
Lon: -77.22595990000002

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 5
Claims: 3
Evidence: 0
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The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address".

Please visit the website before for more information about this historical Civil War battle.

Added by: sdonley on 02/02/2015 DB#:219


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA IS well established as one of the most haunted areas in the United States. During its three days of intense battle ending on July 3, 1863, more than 7,800 brave Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives, and tens of thousands more were wounded and crippled. American against American. It's no wonder that hundreds upon hundreds of ghosts have been sighted and haunting activity experienced at this National Military Park. Tourists and ghost hunters have snapped photos with enigmatic images; dozens of fascinating EVP (electronic voice phenomena) recordings have been made; and one of the most interesting and compelling ghost videos was shot there.

Added by: sdonley on 02/02/2015 DB#:1174


Civil War battles have been the subject of many motion pictures, but one of the best and most moving was 1993's Gettysburg. During the filming of that movie, much of which was done right on location at the actual battlefields, some of the participants had an unexplained encounter. Because the film required so many extras to serve as soldiers, the production hired re-enactors who regularly portray the Union and Confederate armies.

During a break in filming one day, several of the extras were resting at Little Round Top and admiring the setting sun. They were approached by grizzled old man, who they described as wearing a ragged and scorched Union uniform and smelling of sulfur gunpowder. He talked to them about how furious the battle was as he passed around spare rounds of ammunition, then went on his way.

At first, the extras assumed he was part of the production company, but their minds changed when they looked closely at the ammunition he gave them. They took the rounds to the man in charge of giving out such props for the movie, and he said they did not come from him. It turns out the ammunition from the strange old man were genuine musket rounds from that period.

Added by: sdonley on 02/02/2015 DB#:1175


There is a large, distinctive outcropping of rock in one section of the Gettysburg battlefield known as Devil's Den. Dozens of ghost sightings have been reported here by tourists over the years. One of the most well-known is that of a barefoot man dressed in a butternut-colored shirt and floppy hat, which fits the description of a rag-tag unit from Texas who participated in the battle. Those who have met this spirit report that he always says the same thing: "What you're looking for is over there" as he points toward the Plum Run. He then vanishes into thin air.

Added by: sdonley on 02/02/2015 DB#:1176


Possibly the most unnerving experience one can have at Gettysburg is actually hearing - by ear or by EVP recording - the echoes of that horrific battle and its ghostly cries of pain and death. Such was the memorable experience of Mary Adelsberger as told to authors Jack Bochar and Bob Wasel in their book, More Haunted Gettysburg: Eyewitness Accounts of the Supernatural.

Mary had gone to Gettysburg with her two grown daughters on a cold February evening. There was plenty of snow in the ground, but the three women were determined to brave the weather and visit the battlefield monuments. On Wadsworth Avenue, they found a marker that said "95th New York Infantry, July 1, 1863." Almost immediately, they began to hear men's voices in idle conversation, as though they were sitting around a campfire. Reluctantly, they chose to explore the woods to see if they could find the source of the voices. Suddenly, they heard a voice shout, "Get up! Get up! Go! Go!" followed by the command, "Charge!"

The women were terrified, to say the least, and ran out of the woods as quickly as their legs could carry them. Yet behind them they could hear the agonized cries of men, screaming and moaning.

Mary and her daughters retreated to their hotel but, astonishingly, decided to go back to the woods, even though it was 12:30 in the morning. "I agreed to go with them," Mary said, "but with a couple of stipulations: we would drive, not walk; I would not get out of the car; and one of them had to promise to stay in the car with me at all times!"

With those conditions agreed to, Mary and her daughters drove back to Wadsworth Avenue. "Jen opened the car door," Mary said, "stepped out, and before she even had a chance to close the door, I heard it - the most horrible, blood-curdling screams and moans that anyone could possibly imagine!"

That was all the women needed to speed away in their car, their faces wet with tears.

Added by: sdonley on 02/02/2015 DB#:1177


Did you know that George Washington is credited by some as helping the Union Army in one of its most decisive engagements at Gettysburg? Wait a minute... George Washington? He was a general during the Revolutionary War and died in 1799, well before the Civil War. Yet Washington - or rather his ghost - is said to have appeared to the 20th Maine Division as they approached Gettysburg.

En route to the battlefield, these soldiers reached a fork in the road and were unsure as to which direction to take. Suddenly, an imposing figure wearing a tri-cornered hat appeared on horseback to lead them. At first they thought he was a Union general, but noticed that both the man and his horse seemed to emit an eerie glow. Furthermore, some recognized the man as strongly resembling George Washington, whom they knew from his famous portraits. Hundreds of the soldiers verified that they had seen this phantom.

The ghost led the division of soldiers to a strategic position at Little Round Top, where they were able to repel a flank of Confederates.

So well-known became this report of Washington's ghost that Secretary of War Stanton later conducted a formal investigation of the matter. In his testimony, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, who was in charge of the troops in question, said, "We know not what mystic power may be possessed by those who are now bivouacking with the dead. I only know the effect, but I dare not explain or deny the cause. Who shall say that Washington was not among the number of those who aided the country that he founded?"

Added by: sdonley on 02/02/2015 DB#:1178

Paranormal Claims

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2015 02/02/2015 sdonley Visitors to the park have reported seeing and even talking to these phantoms from the past only to have them mysteriously vanish.
2016 02/02/2015 sdonley Screams and moans, the sounds of gun and cannon fire -- all echoes from the horrific battle are occasionally heard and even recorded.
2017 02/02/2015 sdonley Apparitions of soldiers have been seen and recorded on the battlefield.

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Gettysburg Visitor Center
Added: 12/15/2013 By: sdonley
The main visitor center for the battlefield.

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