From Gettysburg to New Orleans, there are many mysterious tales of ghosts of the American Civil War. The battles of the American Civil War caused an enormous loss of life and it was the bloodiest war in the country’s history.
It is no wonder that there are so many stories of ghosts who have stuck around the battlefields and farmhouses long after the war has finished…
Devil’s Den at Gettysburg
Gettysburg is known as one of the most haunted places in the United States. The battle was the bloodiest of the Civil War, and was the first of many important wins for the Union.
There are numerous stories of ghost sightings on the battlefield itself and throughout the town, where many of the homes were used as makeshift hospitals throughout the battle.
The most famous haunted spot on the battlefield is Devil’s Den. No one is quite sure how the spot got it’s name and there are rumors of it being haunted even long before the battle of Gettysburg.
During the battle Devil’s Den was the site of some of the most intense skirmishes. The tall rocks and large crevices provided many hiding spots for soldiers.
At one point the Confederates took it from the Union soldiers, but eventually lost it when they were ultimately defeated in battle.
After the battle was finished, soldiers described the rocks as being covered in spilled blood and broken bodies. Since that day, visitors have reported all kinds of strange sightings and sounds.
While Devil’s Den is the most famous haunted spot in Gettysburg, there are many more. If you were to visit Gettysburg today, you could take any one of the numerous ‘after dark’ ghost hunting tours that are offered.
Some visitors have even reported seeing reenactments at the battlefield only to later be informed there were no reenactments that day.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Chickamauga Battlefield, located near Chattanooga, is said to be haunted by “Ol’ Green Eyes,” a Confederate soldier who had his head taken off by a cannonball during the battle.
Old Green Eyes has reportedly been seen in ghostly form wandering the battlefield in search of his body. In other stories, visitors have reported seeing him in the form of a half man, half beast with glowing green eyes.
Edward Tinney, a longtime Chickamauga park ranger, spoke of visitors seeing a mysterious “Lady in White” who had been spotted on the battlefield in frantic search for her husband.
It may be no coincidence that Chickamuaga is an old Cherokee word meaning “River of Death.”
Antietam Battlefield, located outside Sharpsburg, Maryland, is the site of the battle which holds the morbid distinction of having the most casualties and deaths in one day.
A country road became the centerpiece for a skirmish between Confederate rifle men and a small group of soldiers known as the “Irish Brigade.”
The road is now known as “Bloody Lane” and phantom gunfire and battle shouts have been heard near the road.
Many soldiers were reportedly buried in the area near Burnside Bridge, and afterward visitors reported seeing blue balls of light moving around the area and hearing a fading drumbeat.
Down in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans sits the Beauregard-Keyes House. The residence once belonged to Confederate General Pierre Gustave Touting Beauregard and his second wife Caroline Deslonde.
There are stories of an entire regiment of soldiers along with the ghost of Beauregard himself reenacting the Battle of Shiloh, where they were defeated.
Although the battle took place in Tennessee, there are tales of seeing injured and bloody soldiers engaged in battle.
Kolb’s Farm was a small area of houses outside of Marietta, Georgia. In 1864, the area experienced a small skirmish between Confederate and Union soldiers.
Eventually much of the housing was torn down and replaced. One of the couples living in these homes, James and Katherine Tatum were often visited by the ghosts of the battle.
The Tatums stated that they repeatedly saw a man dressed in the garb of a Civil War soldier walking around the house.
These are just a few of the most famous stories of ghosts of the American Civil War, there are many more. If you plan to visit any Civil War battlefield, there’s a good chance you’ll hear rumors of a ghost who has remained behind.