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About Civil War Ghosts

Tens of thousands of soldiers were wounded or killed in the Civil War’s most bloody battle here at Gettysburg. The horror of war left many of the spirits to suffer their untimely end in gruesome pain for eternity. Allow us to tell you their sad tales, and see how they fit into the history of the site of one of the most pivotal events in American history.

The Civil War is the main attraction in Gettysburg, PA. We’ll explore several of the key sites from the Battle of Gettysburg, and the way the town responded to the war on its doorstep. Whether hiding from the direct line of fire, or rushing to tend to the sick and wounded, our tour presents the human cost of war and the eerie effects that echo down the years.

The 7 stops on our standard tour or the 4 extra stops on the Extended tour will take you to

The sites where the action happened, while our animated and informed tour guides will tell you the gripping stories of what took place around the town and how the places are haunted even now.

There are several good museums in and around Gettysburg, but they don’t take you to the actual places the terrible events happened or share the human stories of death and hauntings that the battle left in its wake.

Every account heard on our tour has been fact-checked, thoroughly researched, and is constantly revised and updated as new historical information comes to light.

By ensuring what you hear from our guides is accurate, the experience becomes that much more unsettling. With every step, you walk deeper and deeper into the grim depths of true history.

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Why is Gettysburg so Haunted?

Gettysburg was the site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, the Battle of Gettysburg, on July 1-3, 1863. The number of casualties for Union forces was 23,049, while Confederate casualties numbered 28,063. With thousands of dead, it’s inevitable that many of the deceased have lived on in Gettysburg as spirits caught between worlds. Because so many Confederate soldiers were never buried properly, leaving many bodies left in unfinished or poorly made graves, their spirits are more prone to wandering the earth until they can find rest.

The soldiers injured were all too often mortally wounded. Injuries that modern medicine could now adequately treat and heal could be almost instantaneous death sentences. To survive an injury on the battlefield almost always meant to die in the hospitals of infections or complications from the rough and ready field surgery of the day. As one =witness described it:

“in the middle of the room was some 10 or 12 tables just large enough to lay a man on; these were used as dissecting tables & they were covered with blood; near & around the tables stood the surgeons with blood all over them & by the side of the tables was a heap of feet, legs & arms. (Wiley 1952, p. 148)”

The hospitals in Gettysburg during the battle were far from what modernity would define as a hospital. Wounded soldiers were treated in barns, houses, churches, any and all makeshift spaces with room for the thousands needing treatment. Unfortunately, these field hospitals were commonly the last places soldiers saw alive. As seen by the hauntings that continue in the city, several soldiers never quite left these hospitals behind.

Our tour will visit some of these buildings that were used as hospitals, the last resting place of so many men on both sides of this bloody battle. Due to this dark and bloody history, Gettysburg is one of the most haunted places on Earth.

Wiley, Bell Irvin. The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1952.

 

 

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The Civil war was anything but, here we should try to be more civil, as such, there are some guidelines that we must follow:

  • Remain calm.

    If you come face to face with a ghost, remain calm. Back away slowly and try to snap a pic!

  • Be polite.

    Much like you would be around your Grandparents, these heroic ghosts deserve our respect.

  • Do not provoke the spirits.

    Many of these Civil War Ghosts died in action, they don’t need reminding of the war.

  • Stay together.

    We would hate to lose any guests to the world of the Civil War Spirits, so stick together!

  • Watch your step.

    Again, let’s see if we can all make it back to the start in one piece, stick to the land of the living.


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MarshaB Rob

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March 30, 2020

Super fun tour with a ton of spooky historical facts and stories!
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Nadean Travers

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March 30, 2020

Great time, would take the tour again just for the history! Thanks!
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