Graveyard Shift

Creepy Civil War Legends And Ghost Stories

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Vote up the most frightful Civil War story

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 supposedly 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 a lot to learn. So, go on and read these creepy Civil War stories that are sure to scare you.

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    Fort Monroe
    Photo: Alfred Waud / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Fort Monroe is one of few Southern forts that remained uncaptured during the war, until it fell to the Union after the war's end. The fort was said to be a mighty fortress, which boasted sturdy walls and even a moat. 

    Jefferson Davis was captured and held prisoner at Fort Monroe and is said to haunt the cell where he was kept. Even creepier, his wife is said to haunt the premises, aimlessly wandering the grounds of the fort, in search of her long-lost husband. 

    However, the most well-known of the premise's ghosts is a woman who haunts the portion of the fort known as Ghost Alley. Though no one knows exactly who she is, she is said to wander around the alley, surrounded by a mysterious glowing fog. 

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    St. Peter's Catholic Church

    Harper's Ferry in West Virginia is known to locals and tourists alike as one of the most haunted places from the American Civil War. Sitting in Harper's Ferry is St. Peter's Catholic Church, a church.

    The legend states that a soldier who was wounded in battle came to St. Peter's church seeking medical assistance. Written off with non-life threatening injuries, the man was forced to wait outside while other more severe wounds were attended to. However, his wounds were more severe than originally anticipated, and while being carried back into the church, he said "Thank God, I'm saved,"  just before passing. 

    The man is said to haunt the church to this day. Tourists report hearing the man's last words spoken outside the building, while others claim to see a glowing aura just outside of the church where the man passed.

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    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 one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil. Sitting on the location of the battlefield of Gettysburg itself is an ominous heap of craggy rocks 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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    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 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.