What are the most haunted places in Gettysburg? Is Gettysburg haunted by the ghosts of the soldiers who lost their lives there? Many people believe that Gettysburg is not only haunted, but that it is one of the most haunted places in the United States. Certainly, the emotional energy of what happened on the battlefields of Gettysburg may lend itself to haunting. More men died on the battlefields of Gettysburg over the course of the three-day battle in July of 1863 than anywhere else on US soil. Below is a quick tour of some of the most haunted places in Gettysburg.
Most Haunted Places in Gettysburg
Quality Inn at General Lee's Headquarters
According to night auditor Carolyn Hughes, the Quality Inn at General Lee's Headquarters is extremely haunted. Carolyn writes about her experiences working at this haunted hotel in a monthly column, Diary From a Haunted Hotel in Paranormal Underground magazine.Full-body apparitions, phantom cannon fire, the sounds of battle and fife and drum playing have all been experienced or heard by many guests of the hotel. A spirit in the attic of the main office is regularly heard walking around in the middle of the night. The office staff also regularly experiences:
- The front door opening when no one is on the other side
- Finding cabinets open in the breakfast room in the middle of the night
- Objects being moved by unseen hands in the office
- Hearing and finding 75-pound laundry carts being moved
- Objects hitting the front of the building
- Having lobby lights suddenly click off
Gunshots and the sound of objects hitting the front of the main lobby are also regularly heard.
According to Carolyn, "We never know what the boys are going to do or when one of the guests will appear at the front desk asking us if the place is haunted."
Another of the most haunted places in Gettysburg is Sachs Bridge. Sachs Bridge is a covered bridge that spans a small creek called Marsh Creek located about 100 yards off Millerstown Road. In June 1996, a storm hit the area, and the original bridge was destroyed. However, it has since been rebuilt using many of the original materials. The bridge has been closed to traffic since the '60s, and is a favorite location for those looking for evidence of hauntings.
According to legend, three confederate soldiers deserted their unit and, once captured, were hung from Sachs Bridge. Several investigators have recorded EVP sessions in this location with interesting results.
There was heavy fighting at Devils Den on the second day - July 2, 1863 - of the battle of Gettysburg. Rumors of the sound of drum rolls and gunshots abound in Devil's Den. Some witnesses claim to have cameras that malfunction or are knocked right out of their hands by an unseen force. Many people claim to have seen, taken pictures of and had conversations with a friendly soldier who either disappears or doesn't show up in photographs.
Gettysburg National Military Park
It is no surprise that the Gettysburg battlefield itself still carries with it the emotional energy of so many lives lost. Visitors report the sounds of battle, apparitions, photographic anomalies and disembodied voices among other experiences.
The park is open daily from 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. from April 1 to October 31, and 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. from November 1 to March 31, and these hours are strictly enforced. Visitors found on the battlefield after park hours will be arrested and prosecuted for trespassing.
Respecting the Dead
While it is good fun to visit haunted places, respect at Gettysburg is in order. Thousands of men and boys died horrific, bloody deaths, and Carolyn Hughes believes that their spirits remain. She has seen them, heard them and photographed them, and she would like to remind those who visit Gettysburg's haunted battlefields and hospitals of the sacrifices of blood made on those fields. The energy from those three days remains long after the battle ended, and confused spirits may remain as well. While chasing the ghosts of Gettysburg, take a moment to reflect on the lives that were lost in the bloodiest battle on American soil.