Haunted places around world: Gettysburg, United States
December 11, 2013 2 Comments
Mankind’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.