Ghosts appear caught on camera running across a road at the Gettysburg Civil War battle site in Pennsylvania, a location widely believed to be one of America’s most haunted areas. Greg Yuelling took the ghostly, viral video as he drove through the historic site on a recent visit with his family.
The battle, described as the war’s turning point, involved the entire war’s largest number of casualties. Union Maj. Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, halting Lee’s invasion of the North—breaking the Gettysburg Campaign.
Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from the North and South armies were casualties in the three-day battle. It was the deadliest single battle on American soil. There has long been speculation of ghosts or spirits in and around Civil War sites, throughout the South—including locations further north such as Gettysburg.
“We just went there as tourists, to learn more about the history of the Civil War and see the old battleground, where the Gettysburg Address was given and all that stuff,” he told the Sun. “We were driving along one night, and we started hearing noises, I heard things to the left, and my uncle heard things to the right, and there was a fog, but the fog was weird, it was only in one patch not dispersed. Then we saw these shapes moving in the darkness; they were the size of humans. One of them ran through the cannon. It was scary; it was crazy. My uncle got so scared he rolled up the window.”
However, many on the post are calling the “Gettysburg ghosts” fake or just smudges of water on Yuelling’s windshield.
Some were intrigued by the possibility of the specters being real, even through the grainy footage.
“There’s something off about it, but I can’t figure out what it is,” tweeted @AProdigiosus. “It’s unnerving to see, that’s for sure! But yeah it does feel more genuine than most ghost video / photo stories.”
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*First Published: Sep 16, 2020, 10:29 am
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