Haunted places around world: Gettysburg, United States

gettysburgMankind’s history is riddled with tragedy and grief. These strong emotions leave behind a powerful energy, and sometimes other things as well. Some of the most haunted places on earth have several things in common; a great many deaths, and great emotional pain.

In July of 1863, one of the most traumatic events in America’s young history played out on the fields of Gettysburg, and scarred the landscape so severe, that to this day, it’s considered one of the most haunted places in the United States. In three days, fifty-one thousand lives were lost at the battle of Gettysburg, a clash heralded as one of the most bloodiest in American history. A death toll like that has left behind what some people believe, are the ghosts of both Confederate and Northern soldiers.

Yet it’s not all soldiers that are said to haunt the small town. The only civilian to be killed in the war is said to still haunt the home where she lived and died. Jennie Wade lived in Gettysburg with her family. It’s said she was killed by a Confederate sniper who was taking aim at the houses that were helping the Union army.


There is also a legend that another house in Gettysburg is haunted by the second woman who ran the local orphanage – Rosa Carmichael. Established for the orphans of soldiers who died at Gettysburg, the orphanage was a safe haven for ten years, until Rosa took over. Accusations of torture by her were proven accurate and she was charged and found guilty of aggravated assault. The orphanage closed in 1877, but residences say her angry spirit still haunts the property.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Haunted places around world: Gettysburg, United States

  1. Jack says:

    My dear friend “Chops” is a Civil War re-enactor. His employer once sent him to Philadelphia for a week of school, and living in the land of sunshine, the only heavy coat he had was his Union army greatcoat, a big blue woolen overcoat with a quarter-cape attached. The only chance he had to visit the battlefield was on an early morning, ear-biting cold, with a layer of mist still hugging the ground. One of the shrines placed on the field after the war is a small castle placed by a New York regiment that is engraved inside with the names of its members who fell in the battle, something like the Viet Nam Wall. I should mention that he wears muttonchop sideburns, whence he derives his nickname. So he’s standing inside, back to the door, reading some of the names, when he hears a sharp intake of breath. He turns, and there is a woman standing there with a startled look on her face. She takes a tentative step forward and tugs on his sleeve.

    “Yes,” he says, “I’m real.”

    Without another word, she turns on her heel and walks very fast, like an Olympic race-walker, off into the mist. That’s a great story, but great as it is, I’ve always said that the one I want to hear is the one that she’s telling.

    So, was it you?

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