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Reynold's Woods

Reynold's Woods paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 06/11/2019
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aka Herbst Woods or sometimes called McPherson Woods, now known as Reynolds Woods,is a wooded area west of McPherson Ridge near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg , PA 17325
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 39818731
Lon: -77254147

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Demographic Rank: 5
History: 1
Stories: 0
Claims: 4
Evidence: 0
Resources: 7
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Herbst Woods or sometimes called McPherson Woods, now known as Reynolds Woods, is a wooded area west of McPherson Ridge near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The small wooded area was the location of a military engagement during the first day at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. The battle near the woods was around 10 a.m. on the first day of battle at Gettysburg. Confederate Brigadier General James J. Archer took two brigades, consisting of the 1st, 7th and 14th Tennessee Regiments, as well as the 13th Alabama Regiment over Willoughby Run and through Herbst Woods to engage the Union brigades. The Confederates would face off against Brigadier General Solomon Meredith and his brigades consisting of the 19th Indiana, 24th Michigan, 2nd Wisconsin and 7th Wisconsin Regiments. When the fight was over at Herbst Woods (battle), Archer was captured and the Union I Corps Commander John F. Reynolds was killed. Today Herbst Woods (Reynolds Woods) is renamed in honor of Major General Reynolds.

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2819 07/25/2019 sdonley EVPS have been recorded throughout the area.
2820 07/25/2019 sdonley Apparitions of soldiers have been seen throughout the area.
2821 07/25/2019 sdonley Cold spots have been witnessed.
2822 07/25/2019 sdonley Strange fog will sometimes appear and leave quickly.

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Wikipedia Entry
Added: 07/25/2019 By: sdonley
Wikipedia entry for this location.
Reynolds (Herbst) Woods - The Battle of Gettysburg
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Website talking about the battle that took place here.
The Death of General John Reynolds at Gettysburg
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Article about General John Reynolds.
Witness Trees
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Article showing Gettysburg Battle witness trees.
Star-Crossed Loves of Gettysburg | The Witching Hour
Added: 07/25/2019 By: sdonley
A corporal in the 87th Pennsylvania expires from wounds during the Second Battle of Winchester while a Major General for the Union in the American Civil War is marching towards the little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Neither of the men have met before, but what they share in life makes a better tragedy than any…
Ghosts of Gettysburg: Walking on Hallowed Ground - Dave Oester, Sharon Oester - Google Books
Added: 07/25/2019 By: sdonley
Ghosts of Gettysburg: Walking on Hallowed Ground is a keep-you-up-all-night book from real life master ghost hunters, Drs. Dave and Sharon Oester, cofounders of the International Ghost Hunters Society, the largest ghost research society on the Internet. Drs. Dave and Sharon Oester spend their time traveling the back roads of America, investigating some of its most haunted places. Over a six-year period, they explored and recorded the amazing ghostly experiences of visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield. One year they devoted a full month for battlefield investigations and drove over 1,000 miles on the battlefield gathering data for this book. Drs. Dave and Sharon Oester were the first to hold ghost conferences in Gettysburg teaching about ghost photography and electronic voice phenomena known as EVP. Their annual ghost conferences started the ghost hunting movement in Gettysburg. Drs. Dave and Sharon Oester share 40 haunted sites on the battlefield, not according to folklore, but from their own personal investigations using scientific tools to validate the existence of ghosts. Each haunted site contains a short history of its part in this three-day battle. Read about the ten most haunted Civil War hospitals sites that can be visited by the reader.
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Shows photos of apparitions at Reynold's Woods.

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