It's safe to say that any of the soldiers who fought in the American Civil war are long gone. Or at least, they are long gone from this world, but who's to say that they're gone altogether? Ghost stories of the Civil War certainly abound and it's no wonder, because they're equal parts creepy and fascinating - yet somehow, we still don't know them all.
We all know about the Battle of Gettysburg, but what we may not know is that the soldiers who lost their lives there continue to aimlessly roam the field to this day. Or that there are ghost soldiers directing tourists.If you're not familiar with Civil War ghost stories, then perhaps you should read the following accounts, because there's lots to learn. So go on, and read these creepy Civil War stories that are sure to scare you...
The Devil's Den
Perhaps the most notoriously haunted battlefield of the American Civil War is Gettysburg, and there is certainly no shortage of ghost stories surrounding the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Sitting on the location of the battlefield of the second day of Gettysburg itself is an ominous heap of craggy rocks better known to the public as the Devil's Den.Many tourists have claimed to see the apparition of a bare-footed man wearing a floppy hat and bright shirt, which fits the description of a group of Texans who participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Tourists claim the apparition says to them "What you're looking for is over there," before vanishing into thin air.
The Beauregard-Keyes House
Once home to Confederate officer Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, the Beauregard-Keyes House is a historic home sitting in the French Quarter of New Orleans at 1113 Chartres Street. Toutant-Beauregard was a leading general at the Battle of Fort Sumter in 1861, and took up residency in the home following the Union's victory over the South in the Civil War.The large home located in the deep south is said to be haunted by Toutant-Beauregard and many of the soldiers who died at his side while fighting at a separate battle (The Battle of Shiloh). Visitors frequently speak of encountering the apparition of Gustave Toutant-Beauregard and his men.
The ghost of former president of the United States and noted emancipator Abraham Lincoln has been in numerous locations since his assassination in 1864, namely in the White House. Witnesses to Lincoln's apparition have included the likes of First Lady Grace Coolidge, wife of former president Calvin Coolidge, who reported seeing Lincoln stare out from the Oval Office overlooking the Potomac River.First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Queen Wilhelmina, among others, both claimed to have encountered Lincoln's apparition within the confines of the Lincoln Bedroom, which formerly served as his office.