A Brief History: It is no mystery nor question that the Battle of Gettysburg was a monumental battle, leaving over 10,000 soldiers dead, not to mention the thousands of others injured or captured. After the battle, dead bodies scattered the land, rotting in the rain. Citizens of Gettysburg thus called for a place to bury the union soldiers, as well as proper burial rights. In late October of 1863, the burial of all union soldiers began, and ran the course of several months. The confederate soldiers, however, did not receive burials in the national cemetery, and it was not until the 1870’s that 3,200 confederate soldiers were relocated to various cemeteries in the south. The cemetery, located on Taneytown Road within the National Military Park in Gettysburg, is said to also encompass the hill in which the Union fought against what is known as Pickett’s Charge, and Cemetery Hill led by Robert E. Lee. The cemetery is definitely a very historic piece of land seeing as how it is right next to the actual battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous speech now known as The Gettysburg Address. Today it still stands as a memorial for those who lost their lives in this infamous battle.
Haunted History: A site that is the burial ground for thousands of soldiers would strike the eye of anyone interested in the paranormal. Especially if it is so close to the actual battleground itself. There are many paranormal claims regarding these areas such as apparitions of soldiers reliving their deaths, or still standing at their posts. Even the sounds of battle is said to be heard along with cannons. These claims mainly pertain the battleground right next to the cemetery, yet one cannot help but wonder if these ghosts may wander between the location of their death and the site in which they are buried.