"Gettysburg National Historical Park" Gettysburg National Historical Park by keida84

The Most Haunted Site in the United States

More lives were lost in the 3 day battle of Gettysburg than in the entire duration of the Vietnam War A visit to Pennsylvania is not complete without a side trip to Gettysburg and Gettysburg National Historical Park.

According to the National Park Service, "Gettysburg National Military Park incorporates nearly 6,000 acres, with 26 miles of park roads and over 1,400 monuments, markers, and memorials."

In the cemetery is the site where Lincoln gave the "Gettysburg Address" on November 19, 1863.

Touring this Park gave me continual shivers. Gettysburg is believed to be one of the most haunted areas of the United States. We had 2 experiences while in Gettysburg. One in town and one in the park. I will tell you about the one in town.

My husband who is quite the realist went out to the local Turkey Hill to get his requisite fill of Tasty Cake Tasty Pies. It was about 5:30 in the evening. As he walked he saw a man in Confederate Military garb, he nodded to him but he said the man just looked through him like he wan't there. My husband continued walking, stopped, turned and looked back and the man was no where to be seen. Paul said no cars had come by that could have picked him up and he could not have walked away that fast as he himself only traveled several hundred feet. Ghost? Hard to say, but my generally stick-to-the-facts, prove with scientific method husband was a little pale when he came home from his Tasty Pie run.

We had another odd experience in the area around Little Round Top as we walked through the trails and into the thicket and woods. It is definitely haunted and leaves you with a disconcerting feeling, like something you cannot put your finger on.

A View From Seminary Hill "Confederates"

We recently re-visited the park during the wintertime with my brother, Michael and his wife, Heather.The trees are stark and barren. The park seemed more lonely, empty and void of life. The actual battle was in the summer but visiting the park in winter captures a sense of waste I have not experienced before on prior visits.

Michael and Heather were both deeply moved by their visit to Gettysburg, especially by the visit to the cemetery. Michael was a Marine and the creed of the Marines is to leave no man, dead or alive, behind. The unknown graves of these men who never got to live their lives is a sobering sight. When you visit the cemetery and you see rows upon rows upon rows upon rows of unmarked, unknown graves you cannot help but grieve for the lives that were never lived and the men that were lost.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Placid beauty
  • Cons:War made this town famous
  • In a nutshell:Rich in historical significance
  • Last visit to Gettysburg National Historical Park: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    What a magnificient introduction. Loved all the history and background information, especially about the Virgina Wade House. Like the Little Round Top and The Angle Info, too. Pennsylvania Monument--sad..great quote.

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2005 at 2:58 PM

    A very interesting and well-written page. Thanks for sharing the experience.

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2005 at 9:24 AM

    Superb page Kat, great historic place as well

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2005 at 4:22 AM

    Quite an impressive page Kat. I really enjoyed the battle stories. You know another real neat battle area and cemetery is in Vicksburg Mississippi.

  • Katmosphere's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2005 at 10:48 AM

    Hi Kat!! 5 more days, can't wait to meet!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2005 at 9:13 AM

    Great history lesson here although a little sad!!

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 8:24 AM

    Great page Kat! I'm scanning and writing as quickly as I can...will get back to my Vegas page soon...promise! Blu

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2005 at 10:02 AM

    Great page, Kat, and very moving. I love it the way it is, but why don't you add the Gettysburg Address to it.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 8:44 AM

    An excellent page detailing various sights and aspects of this historic battle! A battle that resulted in human loss that should never be forgotten.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2005 at 4:52 PM

    Reading about your husband's experience here gave me the chills! Great info, this is quite the historic place.


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