Haunted Gettysburg (Pennsylvania)
Gettysburg 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 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 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.