Soldiers’ Final Resting Place…or Killing Ground Filled With Restless Souls?
The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle ever to take place on American soil and the tormented souls of its dead soldiers continue to haunt the town and Battlefield still nestled in the quiet landscape of southern Pennsylvania. The pain and agony of the spirits who died over the course of those three, unspeakable days of fighting was so intense that its echoes have never faded, despite the fact that the historic event took place over 150 years ago.
Almost 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers, who fought under generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses E. Grant, drew their final dying breaths fighting for their lives and country, and many have never left, roaming the countryside and becoming the source of some of the most bone-chilling ghost sightings and hauntings of Gettysburg and the entire country.
Immerse yourself in the area’s tumultuous history and encounter the ghosts of the Civil War by walking the frightening and shadowy paths of Baltimore Street on a Gettysburg ghost tour. Experience firsthand the disturbing dark truths of this legendary town and visit some of the most historic and haunted buildings in the country while witnessing soldiers in blues or grays reliving some of the most terrifying moments of American History.
What Will I See and Do?
America’s Most Haunted Battlefield Surrounds the Civil War’s Most Haunted Buildings
From the Farnsworth House Inn, that sheltered Confederate sharpshooters who were wrongly accused for the death of an innocent civilian and is now a popular bed and breakfast, to the heroic story and biography of Tillie Pierce, the tales of the infamous battle were written by those who lived through it.
Listen breathlessly on a nighttime ghost tour as the unsettling accounts are told by local experts and historians who will recount the exact details of how those tragic events unfolded and why they birthed all manner of unexplained ghostly activity that the town of Gettysburg is notoriously known for.
Visitors to the area frequently report seeing the bone-chilling apparitions of long-dead soldiers who once occupied places like the old Adams County Courthouse, where the shadow of a wounded fighter is spotted wandering the property, possibly searching for the rest of his regiment.
A Forsaken Town Plagued by Violence, Death, and Tragic Memories
The war left countless scars on the small Pennsylvania town, immortalizing its brutal legacy and ensuring Gettysburg would forever be a somber reminder of what remains of one of the country’s deadliest conflicts.
Proof that not all who lost their lives during the battle are truly at rest can still be seen and felt today at multiple haunted sites. See with your own eyes the bullet marks left by Confederate sharpshooters that are still visible on the side of the Welty House, where historians and locals say was the real origin of the single bullet that killed Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the entire horrific battle.
Learn the horrifying details of her tragic death and hear the unbelievable stories of survivors like the Rupp family from the nearby Rupp House and Tannery, who hid across the street in the Welty House basement during the most terrifying hours of the battle.
Uncover the truth behind the headstones at Evergreen Cemetery that were damaged by crossfire during the war, where Lincoln himself paid tribute to the fallen soldiers with the Gettysburg address. Even then, the hallowed and blood-soaked ground was already tied to souls of the dead and Gettysburg’s gruesome legacy of death and suffering has remained eerily visible ever since, with countless witnesses recounting the hauntings and sightings of the legendary battlefield.
Why is Gettysburg So Haunted?
Explore Gettysburg’s Violent Past, Victims, and Present Day Hauntings
Discover why Gettysburg is often at the top of the list of America’s most haunted cities by embarking on a Civil War Ghosts tour adventure, and experience firsthand the dark energy that hangs heavy over places like the Soldier’s National Cemetery and the nearby Evergreen Cemetery, a macabre resting place for those thousands of lost souls.
Visitors to the surrounding East Cemetery Hill have reported seeing the chilling figures of soldiers roaming the cemetery at night, who often appear in the form of mysterious, glowing lights that dim into shadowy figures and apparitions. Some witnesses even smell the inexplicable scent of peppermint and vanilla…which were once used by townspeople to mask the odor of decaying bodies during the war.
Journey back into the town’s somber history, and wander through the grassy knolls of what was already a place teeming with haunted history, long before Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.
The Lost Souls of Gettysburg and the Real Ghosts of the Civil War
It’s difficult to imagine the grotesque scenes victims of the war must have seen, from the bloodied, dismembered soldiers, to the countless, lifeless bodies that littered the battlefield. Today, Gettysburg is oozing with grisly Civil War history, but the dark truths of this town go far beyond the reach of war. The Battle of Gettysburg left countless families torn apart, leaving hundreds of orphaned children trapped at the infamously sinister National Soldiers Orphanage Homestead.
These spirits — sometimes vengeful — have been active around the property for years. Few happy stories have come out of this haunted location, as the orphanage was run by matron Rosa Carmichael, whose sadistic tendencies tormented children for years.
Today, many claim that you can still hear the disembodied cries and groans of the orphanage’s former residents, with some even reporting that they have felt light tugs on their shirts or jackets…from the ghosts of long-dead children who might have met their grim demise at the home.
Join us to learn more about Gettysburg’s sordid past and the infamous spirits of these fatherless children, who still creep around the halls of the former orphanage today.