It is a general belief that a body will only rest in peace if it is properly buried.
Well, this belief seems to be true as many people have openly revealed that the souls of the casualties of the American Civil war, who weren’t buried, have remained on the haunted field of Gettysburg.
Amongst the conflicts of the American Civil war, the Battle of Gettysburg was known as the most gruesome the country has ever experienced.
Not only did the battle record over 50,000 casualties, but many of those casualties also weren’t buried.
The Battle between the Confederacy, led by Army General Robert E. Lee and the Unions Forces, cost America 51,000 casualties.
War records revealed that the Confederate Army’s battle miscalculations led to a total loss for the confederacy and massive loss of lives.
However, only some of the victims of the war were given a proper burial.
The casualties were so much that many were left on the battlefield.
While it seemed that the war had ended, it hasn’t ended for so many as locals and visitors reported to have seen ghostly sightings of dead soldiers.
In some cases, the ghosts were captured on camera.
As of September 2020, Greg Yuelling claimed to have seen two ghosts at Gettysburg.
The Bloodbath At The Battle Of Gettysburg
While still riding on the victory at Chancellorsville, Army General Robert E. Lee led his army through Pennsylvania to launch an attack on Union Forces.
However, his army lost the conflict due to a combination of ineffective war strategies and faulty intelligence.
The Battle, which lasted for three days, led to the outright killing of 8000 men but a huge victory for the Union forces.
However, the experiences at the Battle were so bad that Gettysburg was termed “harvest of death.”
Eye Witness/Survivor Account
A New Jersey Soldier, while recounting his experience, revealed:
“Some with faces bloated and blackened beyond recognition lay with glassy eyes staring up at the blazing summer sun; others, with faces downward and clenched hands filled with grass or earth, which told of the agony of the last moments…”
“Here, a headless trunk, there, a severed limb; in all the grotesque positions that unbearable pain and intense suffering contorts the human form, they lay.”
Other survivors revealed that the bodies of men and horses reeked in the sun for days.
About 3000 horse carcasses were burned, and human bodies were buried during the war.