Graveyard Shift Creepy Civil War Legends and Ghost Stories  

Stephen Tompkins
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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...
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Dangerfield Newby


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The eldest of John Brown's raiders of Harper's Ferry, Dangerfield Newby was the first person to die in the raid, which took place just before the Civil War. Newby was struck in the throat by a six-inch spike, fired by a man protecting the Ferry, and was subsequently killed. Newby was then mutilated by the people and left to be eaten by hogs in an alley. 

Newby's apparition is said to haunt Harper's Ferry, and can be seen aimlessly wandering the town's streets. The apparition is noted for having a large gash in the throat, where Newby was struck by the spike and also known for wearing slouched hat and baggy trousers.
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The Devil's Den


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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. 
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The Battle of Kolb Farm


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While the Civil War is known for ghost stories from well-known battles like Gettysburg and Antietam, a look into the lesser-known battles reveals that they are every bit as macabre.

The Battle of Kolb Farm took place in 1864 near Marietta, GA, and saw more than 1,000 Confederate soldiers lose their lives in battle. While definitely not harmful or violent ghosts, many of these soldiers are said to haunt the surrounding area of Kolb Ridge Court. 

The Tatum family, who lives there, believes that one of these fallen soldiers has taken residence in their home. He is said to tug on the hands and clothing of visitors,  and to move objects around the house randomly.
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Fort Jackson


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The story of what happened at Fort Jackson is hazy, but nonetheless intriguing. A private in the Confederate Army, Patrick Garrity struck and attempted to murder his superior officer, Lieutenant George Dickerson, one night. Exactly how the event unfolded is unknown, because Dickerson couldn't recall it happening, though he survived.

However, for reasons no one is sure of, Private Garrity broke Lt. Dickerson's skull in four places when he bludgeoned him with his musket. Thinking he had finished the deed, Garrity attempted to evade the repercussions from his fellow rebel soldiers by escaping the scene, yet he drowned in the moat surrounding the fort. 

It is said that an apparition of Private Garrity appears frequently at the spot of the attack and another account has even been recorded in the Fort's logbook, wherein the apparition of the torso of a Confederate soldier has been seen approaching the fort. 
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