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Haunted Gettysburg (Pennsylvania)

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Gettysburg haunted placesGettysburg marks the site of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War, which took place July 1-3, 1863. More than 50,000 men lost their lives in the three-day battle, and thousands more were seriously injured.

The entire town of Gettysburg served as the battlefield–however, certain spots are reportedly more haunted than others. Since 50,000 men lost their lives at Gettysburg, it’s no surprise that the area is filled with paranormal activity and many ghostly sightings. Hotspots of paranormal activity include: The Devil’s Den, Cemetery Hill, Triangular Field, Sachs’ Bridge, and numerous private homes where generals and soldiers were housed.

The Devil's Den — Most Haunted Spot in Gettysburg?

The Devil’s Den is one of the most haunted places in Gettysburg. In fact, more ghosts (of slain soldiers) have been reported in the Devil’s Den than in any other location in Gettysburg. Even without ghosts, the Devil’s Den is an eerie place because of the enormous boulders which cast shadows, and seem to have been piled-up by a giant. Due to its unique layout, the Confederate army made use of a sharpshooter—who hid behind the massive rocks (in blind-spots) and systematically shot-down hundreds of Union soldiers as they passed through the Devil’s Den. Eventually, Union soldiers were able to use mirrors and field glass to determine the sharpshooter’s location and kill the man. After the battle in the Devil’s Den ended, it is believed that a war correspondent/photographer moved some bodies in order to snap a good photograph. It is rumored that the souls of the men who were moved have never found peace—and they continue to haunt the area.

Visitors and paranormal investigators report seeing apparitions and orbs, smelling phantom gunfire, and hearing disembodied sounds. Many visitors report having camera problems in the Devil’s Den. Cameras and electrical equipment stop working, and fully charged batteries are drained—but when visitors leave the Devil’s Den, the cameras suddenly start working again!

Triangular Field

Triangular Field is another area where electrical equipment and cameras often stop working.  Photo anomalies are also reported here. When taking photos in Triangular Field, things appear on the developed picture that were not witnessed by the eye of the photographer while taking the picture. Some visitors report that when taking photos in Triangular Field, they will see a very clear day and a grassy field in the background. However, when receiving the developed photo, the background will be pitch black—with no grassy field in sight!

Haunted Cemetery Hill & Sachs Bridge

cemetery hill haunted gettysburgCemetery Hill is another paranormal hotspot. During the war, the hill played a critical role in the Union army defense line. Many soldiers were killed on Cemetery Hill, and their bodies were left to await burial on the streets of the town. The smell from the rotting corpses combined with the hot July heat made Cemetery Hill one of the most gruesome places in Gettysburg.

It is reported that after the battle, the ladies of Gettysburg walked down the streets with peppermint scented handkerchiefs pressed to their faces to mask the horrible stench. Many visitors to Gettysburg report phantom smells, including rotting corpses—and when walking down Baltimore Street, the phantom smells of peppermint and vanilla are still present today. Today, Cemetery Hill sits adjacent to the National Cemetery, which has expanded to include a burial ground for soldiers from other wars.

Sachs Bridge is another location with plenty of paranormal activity.  The 100-foot long wooden-covered bridge was used during battle as a passageway across the water—and as a makeshift-hospital for the wounded.  Visitors to the bridge report the uneasy sensation of being watched, and many psychic photographs and EVP (electronic voice phenomena) have been captured here.  Some investigators report having been touched by unseen hands; others report seeing apparitions, smelling phantom smells, and hearing cannon fire.  Gettysburg is one of the top destinations for ghost hunters, history buffs, and paranormal enthusiasts.  You're bound to witness something unusual during your time here.

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Comments on Haunted Gettysburg (Pennsylvania)

May 26, 2009

seaira @ 2:13 pm

I love the history of Gettysburg.

June 16, 2009

casey marie smith @ 8:59 pm

I love this paranormal stuff.  I live in Pennsylvania, and I can't believe how many hauntings are going on.  It's very interesting.

casey marie smith @ 9:00 pm

I love the pics too, they are very interesting.

June 30, 2009

Lori @ 10:26 am

The ghost stories of Gettysburg are fascinating! It's almost like the civil war is still going on. The civil war being such a bloody and violent war explains why it has left such an imprint on the environment there and so many souls and spirits are still there.  I have been to Shiloh, but i have never been to Gettysburg. Would love to go there and ghost hunt.

July 7, 2009

Michelle Myers @ 8:57 pm

Casey — Thanks for the kind words. Glad you're enjoying the photos on the site.

Lori & Seaira — Yes, the history and stories from Gettysburg are fascinating. It's one of my favorite places.

December 29, 2009

amanda @ 10:50 am

my father and i were at a small museum that was the captain's headquarters and as we were walking through, i heard and felt someone walking with us but they were in the attic and no one was there but me, dad, and the lady that owned the place. and get this, the door to the atic was locked. it was the coolest thing ever!

January 3, 2010

Em @ 4:13 pm

I went on a school trip to Gettysburg and got some photographs with some "shadow people" or what I believe them to be.

February 15, 2010

Krystn @ 1:09 pm

My husband and I visited Gettysburg two years ago. While touring the Jennie Wade house, we both had strange experiences. I am very sensitive to spirit energies, and instantly felt odd upon entering the house. Being a sensitive, I tend to attract the energies to me, and the tour guide said that people who are sensitives claim the same experience I had; it is as if the energies are drawn to and circling you. I could feel an electric charge circling my body, felt dizzy, off-balance, and had to sit down.

My husband, however, had a much more profound experience (and I have to admit I'm quite jealous!). A true skeptic up to this event, my husband and our friends were in the front room adjacent to the kitchen where Jennie was killed. There is a picture of Jennie hanging on the wall, and my husband laughed that he felt her eyes followed him around the room. One of our friends joked that she must have been "sweet" on him since he was the youngest male in the room (there were only ourselves, our two friends and the female tour guide). We went to enter the kitchen and my husband was the first through the doorway. He looked at the mannequin of a Union soldier in the room and clearly saw the face of an angry, scowling male glaring directly at him from the side of the mannequin's head. Not the face; the side. He looked away briefly as the tour guide entered behind him, and when he looked back the face was gone. He was really shaken up. Now, remember, he was a complete skeptic up until this event. He refused to discuss it during the remainder of our trip, and I could glean little from him until we were home.

About two weeks later, I printed the photograph of Jennie Wade's sweetheart (Jack "Skelly" Johnston) as well as their childhood friend (Wesley Culp) who were directly involved in the story of Jennie's death. (Learn about Jennie Wade at http://www.jennie-wade-house.com/). I also printed a few random photographs of similar-looking Union soldiers. When I showed them to my husband, he immediately and without any hesitation pointed to Skelly's photo and said that his was the face glaring at him.

My husband is now a believer in the paranormal and is joining me in becoming members of a paranormal investigation team! But, I'm still incredibly jealous of his experience!

Ryann Talma @ 1:23 pm

I'm into this ghost hunting stuff and I think that Gettysburg will be a good place to check out sometime.

March 31, 2010

Tammy @ 8:40 pm

I've been to Gettysburg 2 weeks a year on vacation for the last 3 years. My husband is a reinactor so he goes for the activities, I go for the ghosts! Actually going back this year. My girls and I take thousands of pictues, do evp's, and just walk around and listen. It's AMAZING.

September 1, 2010

Gary @ 9:15 am

I spent my honeymoon at Gettysburg, in June 2004. While there my wife and I stayed at The Farnsworth House, in the Lincoln Room.. That room is in two parts, with bed, tv and drawers in the front and in the back area shower, old fashioned toilet and jacuzzi.. At around 2am I went out on the patio to have a smoke.. I left the back light on, because of the darkness, with my wife fast asleep in bed.. Okay, when I came back in that back light was out.. My wife didn't turn it off! A few days later, at the Jennie Wade House a chain that goes around one of the beds started going in circles, like someone, unseen, was twirling it.. This truly freaked out the tour guide, a Gettysburg local, I might add.. This weekend, Labor Day weekend, we're going to Gettysburg, this time staying at the Gettysburg Campground, in a cabin, with our, almost, five year old son..

September 21, 2010

True Believer @ 11:12 am

There is no way I can be convinced Gettysburg is not haunted. We went on a warm October day about 4 years ago. At first it was a bust at Devil's Den and the Wheatfield. Too many people. We then drove to Spangler's Spring, struck out there but as we were getting into the car my wife and I distinctly smelled coffee brewing. Both sides at one time or another camped in this area. We then went to Culp's Hill. My son and I climbed the tower and I was filming the panorama of the landscape when he heard banging. I did not hear it. I sat down my bulky camcorder which I then switched of like a dummy to listen. Sure enough there was a banging on the tower. I then banged, it repeated what I did, I banged thre times, it banged three times. I did this twice and it did too. Finally I used my ring to make it louder but it stopped. We then heard heavy footfalls on the tower. By then I was freaking out. I peered over the top of the stairs but saw nothing. We then made our descent down. When we got down, my wife and daughter who stayed in the car asked us if we heard it. Then we all freaked out. I distinctly parked the car backed in facing the tower, it is lighted and there was nobody there. Nobody could have sneaked in either. I posted the video on YouTube at Gettysburg Spirit. The next full moon next month I will be heading back, with more equipment. it was TOO COOL.

September 22, 2010

Ghost Tracker @ 12:07 am

Sach's Bridge is a good spot late at night because it's off park property. My first ever EVP was at the parking lot of sach's bridge by where the field hospital was. I recorded a soldier breathing really heavy.

I walked around and did a few more recording sessions but didn't catch anything, so I went back to the same spot and recorded the soldier breathing heavily on my recorder again. I would upload it but it's a weird file extension, I have to figure out how to convert it to mp3. The EVPs were caught June or July of 2010. It's one of those USB plug in one's from wal-mart.

I have heard really weird things at Sach's Bridge, some near the bridge and some out in the woods. Tons of orb photos, a few photos of paranormal ectoplasmic mist and 1 photo showing a clear soldier in the window of the water plant place by the bridge. If you look up shaq hack on google it tells how to modify a radio so it sweeps the bands repeatedly, I met a guy named Steve Hultay who was one of the first to start modding the radios and we heard ghosts talking on his radio on the bridge.

I have met some people who have been hit by rocks thrown from phantom soldiers, met people have seen black shadows. You're more likely to see ghosts if you taunt them although I haven't tried myself yet. If you really want to see a ghost, Go in the middle of the night by yourself to Sach's Bridge, make sure you're the only person around, leave your flashlight in your car, walk down the trail on the right side of the bridge in the dark and start taunting the solders.

I can almost guarantee that you'll see shadows and probably be pushed or have a rock thrown at you. It's freaky enough walking down that trail with a flashlight by yourself but with no flashlight and by taunting the soldiers you'll probably get some angry ghosts. There's another bridge nearby on some road that has ghosts to. I forgot where it was. Another good spot is Soloman's bridge on soloman road. I actually got a cut on my leg when I was at Soloman's bridge. It appeared out of nowhere, I felt a burning sensation on my leg and looked down to see a strange cut.

Supposedly a woman haunts that bridge and if you talk about her baby she comes out. This bridge is in the middle of nowhere pretty much, if you go alone and taunt her you may experience some stuff. I went with a group of people, didn't even taunt her and received a cut.

I'm going back in a week or two, I'll upload the EVPs and pics maybe this week.

October 16, 2010

randy r from canton ohio @ 3:07 pm

love gettysburg and the ghosts that play there. some day will move there. have had a lot of encounters with ghosts and want more.

October 25, 2010

Jillian @ 6:35 pm

in the bottom right corner you can see something, maybe just grass, or maybe more. :o

October 31, 2010

Bonnie @ 2:14 pm

I too have experienced heavy footsteps on the tower at Culp's Hill as well as a shadow figure descending the steps once we were back at our vehicle.

February 5, 2011

Matt @ 10:15 pm

Interesting stories. However there were not 50,000 men "killed" at the battle. The casualties (dead, missing, captured, wounded) were around 50,000. The actual number of men killed in combat for both sides combined was more around 8,000. Of course that does not include all the men who died of wounds days, weeks or months later. Regardless, the Battle of Gettysburg was the Bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. Antietam was the bloodiest single day of fighting. I hope this help to clear things up:)

April 1, 2011

noel taves @ 8:34 am

Anybody who lives in wisconsin dells, adams, rapids or moustin and want to start a ghost hunting team email me at noeltaves2@gmail.com

August 23, 2011

dominique @ 3:10 pm

wow i just love how the history from the gettysburg battlfield has sooo many hauntings……i plan on going there one day when i get out of school and have money. i want to take my family there and i also want to go to the Johnstown one too. my uncle lives there and i know there is a story that has been said for along time on how this little boy survives this huge earthquake. but i also know they have a place there you can visit and i plan on going there one day too. i just love hauntings. it makes me want to be a part of all of it and experience all of it. i think ill like it.

October 23, 2011

cindyc @ 7:10 pm

Went to Sach's Bridge last night after dark – clear night, temp in high 40's. Got lots of bright orbs (large and small) in photos, smelled pipe smoke (no one around was smoking). At two points on the bridge under certain rafters, I felt a strange heaviness on my head, shoulders and chest — left those areas and the heaviness went away. Walked the bridge a dozen times — heaviness came back at same places each time (were these the rafters where the men were hung?).

One area near one end caused an incredible sadness in me — to the point of tears — only in that area. I'm convinced this bridge is haunted by the men who were hung there, and all the men who suffered and died there of their wounds. Why taunt these ghosts to get a reaction out of them? Haven't these men suffered enough? Just walk quietly across the bridge — feel the heaviness and sit quietly — they'll come through eventually.

I will definitely go back to Sach's Bridge!

November 17, 2011

Sheri @ 11:52 am

My husband and I made a trip to Gettysburg last year and I can't wait to go back. The eerie feeling in the whole area is undeniable. I have only felt this a few times in my life but it is non stop at Gettysburg.

I did capture faces in one of the buildings along the ghost tour, I believe it was the Jennie Wade house. Great town to visit if you want to witness something paranormal or learn more of the fascinating history of the Civil War – its also a beautiful town.

December 3, 2011

c.c. @ 1:35 pm

I was in Gettysburg last weekend and stayed at a campground in the area. At night around 11pm while my family and a few friends sat around the campfire, we could all hear very loudly and clearly what sounded like cannon and gunfire in the distance. This lasted for around 30 minutes then suddenly stopped, and we heard nothing more.

Kind of spooky, not saying its paranormal because I'm skeptical myself, but I don't know why people would be shooting their guns at that time of night.

December 27, 2011

Shamus @ 1:15 am

There have been reports very similar to this near Saunemin, Il. where the Saunemin Giant ghost is reported to have been seen near a bridge along 5 Mile Creek. Some at a distance said they thought it was a bigfoot, but others say, upon closer look, it was a ghostly giant that you could see through. The Saunemin Giant has been sighted for decades, and there were even pictures of it posted at a general store on Saunemin's main street for years.

Some sightings have been in 5 Mile Cemetery as well. Some say he throws rocks at motorcyclists or ATV riders. A few years ago, he also scared a horse so badly that it took off at a strong gallup with a rider struggling to hang on. Hunters along 5 Mile Creek report that their dogs come running out of the woods yelping in fear, even trembling from the sight of the Saunemin Giant ghost.

Shamus @ 1:19 am

It's worth noting that the 5 Mile Cemetery has the graves of Civil War veterans — some of whom probably were at Gettysburg. The Saunemin (IL.) Giant ghost may be the ghost of a Civil War soldier? Another nearby cemetery holds the grave of Albert Cashier, AKA Jenny Hodgers, a woman who crossdressed as a soldier during the war to serve in the Illinois army, dressed as a man.

January 11, 2012

Dr. Don @ 3:44 pm

January 9, 2012, 7 am. Still pitch dark with a full moon in western sky.

Triangular Field opposite Devil's Den. Got 8 photos of ectoplasms, orbs and faces within 20 minutes. Unbelievable. Could not see them on shots taken 5 sec later, nor with the naked eye.

Felt no fear or dread; only heavy sadness. Not a sound was heard either.

July 2, 2012

Joyce Knapp @ 4:02 pm

I have always loved Gettysburg. I have been going there since my daughter Kat was 8 years old. I love to ghost hunt and my hubby, he is a history buff. We all enjoy every aspect of this little town. I can't say we've seen any ghosts, but we did have some unusual things happen to us. See, my daughter is a medium and we have always had ghost experiences, so her being sensitive to these things made it made a bit more exciting.

While at the Jennie Wade house, my daughter heard and felt what Jennie went through that fateful day. I actually had to get her out of the house; it was that bad. My hubby and daughter also swear they heard canon fire up on triangle field, and we were pretty sure there were no reenactments going on. But the experiences we had of the ghostly type were only a small part of the excitement we felt learning about the history of this sleepy little town and how it played such a big part in our history as a country.