There have been tales of ghosts haunting old battlefields for as long as there have been wars with significant losses.
Even now, people tour the sites of historic battlefields where hundreds, or thousands, of men, marched their way to death and reported strange incidents or sightings of dark figures standing in the fog.
America has been no stranger to conflict. Through its 250+ years, the nation has seen bloodshed on its shores from battles and wars.
Some were defensive, other internal offensives. The most bloody and infamous of which was the American Civil War.
The Battle of Gettysburg was known to be the bloodiest battle of the entire conflict. From July 1st through the 3rd of 1863, over 8,000 men died on either side within the Northern territory.
It turned the war in Lincoln’s favor and began the push to the south. But the price that was paid can still be seen to this day…
10 Bloody History
The famous Gettysburg Address happened on November 19th, 1863, given by President Abraham Lincoln.
In it, he remarked particularly about the fallen who died there months ago. The toll on the nation in the Civil War was immense.
By comparison, America was still a young nation, not even 100 years old, and was waging war against itself for four years that killed over a million people before it ended. For the small town of Gettysburg, 8,000 covered acres worth of land in death.
9 After Battle
Although the Union won the battle, it came with steep costs. Many of those wounded on the battlefield died soon after. Limbs that were hit by bullets or torn up by cannon fire underwent hasty amputations.
On the humid summer days, there was a secret invisible war being fought by germs and viruses. Many died from illness and their injuries after they left the battlefield, but that battlefield is where their souls may have lingered.