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#1 sugaree

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:52 PM

Probably going to be a long post so I apologize in advance :)

Last month we went on a long weekend to Gettysburg, Pa.  While there we went on some tours, including one of the 'haunted Gettysburg' tours, and were able to participate in a ghost hunt.  Eventually (hopefully soon) i'll get some of the photos I took up, and I'm waiting on the audio from the ghost hunt.

Ghost tour:

During the beginning of the tour nothing was really happening, but I was being my geeky civil-war-obsessed self and enjoying the history lesson.  Three or four 'stops' in I noticed an overwhelming smell of sulfur.  No breeze, we were standing still, but BOOM the stench wafted over me. I mentioned it to the tour guide and she smirked and, without missing a beat, told me that it was a common 'residual smell from the war' and that its one of the smells often associated with the town's haunting.

The tour started to cut across a little courtyard between some of the buildings and one of the hotels (the Travel Lodge next to cemetery hill) and I had this overwhelming sense of anxiety and the urge to cry and vomit and physically could not follow the group in at first.  I waited on the stairs as the tour guide told the story of that spot.  Afterwards my boyfriend came to get me and make sure I was really ok/up to finishing the tour.  I just told him that something about that place made me scared and sad all at the same time.  We started to walk through and, as I watching some little kid run from the side of one building and disapear around the corner, I made some comment about 'neglectful parents letting their kid run around in the dark'.  At that point he (my bf) looked over and asked me 'what the heck I was looking at'.  He then told me to stop trying to scare him and said I must have heard the tour guide.  Ends up that was behind the soldier's national museum - or the orphanage where children were brutally murdered and tortured during the civil war.  (I had never even heard that story until then and, strangely enough, when we got back to the hotel that night we were flipping through the channels and there was a special on it on! but anyway...)

I laughed the whole thing off, still assumed it was just someones kid running around unsupervised, and we caught up with the tour.  Our last stop was at a little basin/creek area where we were told that the water used to be deeper (or maybe it was deeper due to rain?) where wounded soldiers would drown simply because they could not stay sitting up to keep their mouths out of the water.  I wandered a few yards away from where we were told activity was and had a weird urge to take photos over there instead.  I honestly have no idea how to analyze photos so it can very well be dust or flare, but I got some crazy bright red-orange orbs over there.  
The tour ended across the lot where they had a cannon out back where the guide said sometimes people have photographic anomalies (apparitions, orbs or 'cloudy mist figures'.  Again, some possible orb photos were snapped here (the orb seemed to like our tour guide)

Ghost Hunt
(we went on a hunt at a fairly new location - the 'ghost lab' fun house style haunted museum that, they now found out, is actually a haunted spot)
- never used dowsing rods before.  Never really believed they would work.  Holy crud they seemed to work for me.  They moved for questions (and it felt like mild electricity was running through them.  honestly creeped me out a bit).  I asked to point the rods in 'their' direction and when a team member with an emf detector walked that way the thing went bezerk and showed the temperature was several degrees cooler over there as well.  I didnt see anything, but a third team member said that they saw an imprint on the couch as if someone sat down.

A few rooms later there were two mock prison cells and a room with ghoulish dummies in it (which scared all of us save the 2 team members who had come to this location previously  :lol: )  While the group went towards that room and did their thing I felt nauseous and dizzy and got cold sweats and almost fainted, so I sat myself up against the wall in front of the door marked 'cell 2' so I could get my ish together.  I cannot wait to hear the recordings, but I apparently had a 5 minute conversation that I dont really remember (I just remember feeling like I was on the brink of passing out for a second and then them getting me to go check the next room).  When they finally shone a flashlight towards me I was told I was sheet white just sitting with this vacant look in my eyes talking to the door.  No idea what happened but I did not like that I dont remember this happening or the fact that the team leader seemed kind of worried about me.

There is another room that looked like a farm scene or something and had a noose hanging from one of the trees.  The one team member who had previously investigated this location said that there is activity around the noose.  We asked 'can you make the rope swing' and it started to sway.  we asked it to stop and it seemed to stop.  Due to how dark it was we do not know if there is the possibility of a draft from air vents nearbye, so, while at this point it freaked us out, we're not sure if this was paranormal or basic physics.  We do know that we kept hearing a sound like someone was banging on the walls every time we tried to start an EVP session in that room.

Lastly we were pointed to the hallway where 'events first started happening'.  I made it about half way down and felt like I could not walk farther, fell over and had to be helped up so i could run outside of the building and (SORRY THIS GETS GROSS) finally spit out the vomit that I was trying my darndest to hold in my mouth.  I apologized to the team for dropping the voice recorder and flashlight but I literally lost control and just fell to the ground.  The one team member was outside having a smoke and just looked at me and said "guess youre not going back in?" and all I could say was "whoevers down there is NOT friendly.  what the F*** would you send us down there for"   he just laughed and said for his first year or so he felt the same way when he opened himself up to spirits and said that some people feel nothing in that hall, others sense evil or just have a strong emotional reaction to whatever is in there as well.  

it probably doesnt sound like much but I can tell you SOMETHING was off in that building.  Either way, had a great trip and cannot wait to go again.

And want to find a local team that allows tag-a-longs.  I want to learn!!!


(edited because I cant spell. hehe)

Edited by sugaree, 09 April 2012 - 05:55 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:55 AM

sooo it was only you who had a paranormal experience ?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:14 AM

I cant give full details obviously, since it didnt happen to me but it seemed that most activity happened to the females.  There was literally one guy who experienced nothing and the rest of us had something happen

The swinging rope I was just a witness for - I wasnt the one asking for it to be moved or for signs of someone being there.

One of the team members saw the couch cushion indent (as i said)

one of the other females who was there kept feeling like someone had their hand on the small of her back, as if she was being escorted around.  

I actually completely forgot about this until now - but in the last room where we heard thudding as my knit beanie style hat suddenly came off my head (nothing for it to get caught on, but it felt like it snagged on something or someone pulled it off) the same female that felt the hand felt someone tug on her shirt and grab her arm.  I was near her but not in arms reach and no one else was around us.    She felt someone touching her or near her a lot that night.

The one guy on the team documented a lot of temperature fluctuations and spikes on the EMF

the woman who started the group said that she has heard voices and banging from within the door that I was talking to (but nothing that night)

one of the women who was with us used a voice box for a bit and seemed to be getting valid answers, but I'm still torn on how much I believe those work vs how much is just intercepted radio waves and our brains making words out of audible fluctuations)
'what is your name' we thought we heard 'tim' or 'tom'  'were you a soldier in the war'  'lost..over'

again - either awesome proof or us wanting to hear valid answers through the mechanism
There was a second team that was investigating the same building and they apparently have something on camera/video which I'm still waiting on reveiving in the mail/via email


again, i'll have more info on others' experiences once they send me the audio/video/photo results and such.  I didnt do a great job keeping in touch with the one lady via email as we planned  (oops)

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

wow a really freaky place .. can't wait to visit Gettysburg once I visit USA , and yes please try to upload the pictures and or the voice recordings . I really want to see them.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:19 PM

You didn't go to Gettysburg just to go on the ghost tour, did you? I hate how Gettysburg has become a "Ghost Zoo". It didn't used to be like that, but now you go there and there are as many ghost books on the bookstore shelves as history books. As a history buff and Gettysburg enthusiast, I find that very saddening.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:55 PM

View PostSarahB1863, on 13 April 2012 - 03:19 PM, said:

You didn't go to Gettysburg just to go on the ghost tour, did you? I hate how Gettysburg has become a "Ghost Zoo". It didn't used to be like that, but now you go there and there are as many ghost books on the bookstore shelves as history books. As a history buff and Gettysburg enthusiast, I find that very saddening.

I  agree with you about the "ghost zoo" part-  It didn't used to be like that -- but then again the actual battlefield that is owned by the park service isn't like that.   I think unfortunately the town has to promote all the ghost stuff simply because they need the money.  They depend on tourist dollars,  and sadly no one seems to be interested in the actual history any more. Ghosts hunts and ghost books and ghost tours seem to be their only commercial product now days

Not to say that there aren't many ghosts at Gettysburg,  but I've seen, heard, smelled and felt more ghosts out and about on the battlefield than I've ever encountered on any of the ghost tours,  and at least one of the ghost tours is telling a generic urban legend -- one that I've heard told about every major battlefield in the world.   I've never payed money for a ghost hunt so I can't address those.   I do have an opinion that ghost don't perform on cue,  and I'd hate to pay money for nothing.

In my opinion there are lots of places to find a ghost in Gettysburg when you aren't even looking for them.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:39 PM

View PostSarahB1863, on 13 April 2012 - 03:19 PM, said:

You didn't go to Gettysburg just to go on the ghost tour, did you? I hate how Gettysburg has become a "Ghost Zoo". It didn't used to be like that, but now you go there and there are as many ghost books on the bookstore shelves as history books. As a history buff and Gettysburg enthusiast, I find that very saddening.

No I went because I'm a huge history geek and have had a strange obsession w the civil war since I was a kid.  I used to go to Gettysburg every summer with my parents and have gone many times since on my own.  Ive just never done the ghost tours or anything while down there so we gave it a go this trip.

There were a lot of people on the tour who were only down there for the tours and hunts. I saw exactly what you're talking about.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:26 PM

Gettysburg is a very haunted place. When I went there I could feel that history, as I am rather empathic. I was fascinated by it.
I would believe that people have seen the ghosts of soldiers there.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:06 PM

Did you ever get the video?
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:46 PM

Attached File  gettysburg-sniper.jpg   49.77K   12 downloadsTry being a reenactor and going back each July for reenactment, for about 20 yrs. of the little 3 day argument on July, 1,2,3, 1863  that was the turning point of the Civil war.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:29 AM

View Postsugaree, on 10 April 2012 - 07:14 AM, said:


one of the women who was with us used a voice box for a bit and seemed to be getting valid answers, but I'm still torn on how much I believe those work vs how much is just intercepted radio waves and our brains making words out of audible fluctuations)
'what is your name' we thought we heard 'tim' or 'tom'  'were you a soldier in the war'  'lost..over'

Hi Sugaree, thanks for sharing your experience. I'm the same as you when it comes to ghost boxes, I'm also torn. I don't believe in the theory that spirits can push out words that random radio djs are saying, seems like too much of a stretch for me. I don't own a ghost box (yet), but I've seen hundreds of spirt box sessions on youtube, and sometimes you get the same voice coming through, intelligently replying to questions, I don't suppose you saw that Ghost Adventures episode, Where they asked a spirit in the basement "what happened to a girl down here?" and it replied "she was raped" which happened to be true? It's sessions like that that leave me scratching my head.

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View PostSarahB1863, on 13 April 2012 - 03:19 PM, said:

You didn't go to Gettysburg just to go on the ghost tour, did you? I hate how Gettysburg has become a "Ghost Zoo". It didn't used to be like that, but now you go there and there are as many ghost books on the bookstore shelves as history books. As a history buff and Gettysburg enthusiast, I find that very saddening.

If you read the original post again, Sugaree mentioned "During the beginning of the tour nothing was really happening, but I was being my geeky civil-war-obsessed self and enjoying the history lesson.". Which I took from that as not such a "Ghost Zoo" goer.


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it probably doesnt sound like much but I can tell you SOMETHING was off in that building.  Either way, had a great trip and cannot wait to go again.


I love how you threw up your guts, but remain excited about returning. That's ghost investigating for you. good job. I can't wait to see your pictures.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 10:55 AM

Too small a town for all the folks that show up on July1,2,3, especially and at other times throughout the year.Have sen it go "downhill" over the years, so sad, seems the only location that has wethered the changes of times is the battlefield and near-by homes to it.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

Graveyard hound,  I'm sure you probably know this alreaqdy,  but your "GETTYSBURG SNIPER"  picture is one of the ones that was taken by Brady of the dead guy he found in the field,  and draqgged around and redressed and posed for various shots.  He was originally found, wearing an overcoat in the Valley of Death,  and was dragged and posed all over the place,  including several places in the triangular field,  which in my opinion is why so many cameras malfunction in the triangular field -- he's tired of having his picture taken.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

Based on reports, the "sniper" was, in fact, a Confederate soldier and you wonder why some of us 'reenactors" never got along well with the participants  from Northern  states when this particular topic was brought up and humor was found in it.NOT FUNNY
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

If you are refering to my post -- I was not trying to make a joke,  I honestly believe what I said about why so many camera's don't want to work in the triangangluar field.   I know that if If my body was used in the same way,  my spirit would be pretty PO'd.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:05 AM

Oh, I appreciated your comment. As for camers not working, try any part of the battlefield, lots of places in the town, and often even when one gets home, they  won't "behave". I doubt few will believe this but I had about 10 "cousins" that fought with the 26th north Carolina and all came back in one piece and 2 wrote most of the war of how things were. Several were at Gettysburg and with the 26th took the lead against Union forces but not without heavy losses.There was one spot there that several relatives talked about as being "odd', like it just semed to not belong. it stilll is, or  was last July, one simply does not feel comfortable there and there is a strong feeling of being watched by "something" It will be 150yrs. this July and I will again go there but I doubt I'll be dressed as a reenactor this year .Who knows, I might actually run into some relatives of mine, not sure I want to but after having seen and herd some of the things I have, over the years, maybe a ghost or two, won't be as bothersome as the first one I came across long time ago.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

That's a great story. I'm a bit of a Civil War nerd myself and would love to go to Gettysburg someday. I'm not much on tourist spots though, so I'd have to go sometime other than the July 1-3 stampede.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

My room mate had several ancesters who fought in the civil war,  and at gettysburg -- several were calvalry.  I think 7th virginia.  And I hear the name Imoboden quiet a lot in connection with her ancesters.  Basically everyone in the Shendoah valley with any variation of her last name fought for the south.
Did you ever stand in the middle of the field where picket charged on a quiet afternoon?  Some people can hear what sounds like moans and cries and even people asking for water.  On Thanksgiving when only crazy people like us are standing in the middle of a battlefield.
The main spot that neither I, my ex,  my room mate or her daughter can stand is the area of  Spangler spring.  I don't know what the problem is,  but it just feels like whatever it is predates the civil war, and it is entirely not friendly.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:49 AM

As for the "Spring", lots of sightings of a "young woman" in period dress, ie, 1850s, looking about, my interpertation of what I saw, as if expecting someone, perhaps she was from Gettysburg and had made a promise to meet a "dashing officer" from a Southern state, not smart but perhaps "love" was never known for being bright, trade the loyalities and the genders, and another "love story". Legend has it that both fellow West Point classmates met there, before July,1st, and mixed good Southern spirits, no pun intended, with the times they had at the "Point" before they went bck to their respective states and before the war started. Shadows and voices there but I haven't come across anything "sinister", not saying there isn't something there that might not care for mortals, from the North or the South. Anything around that town and /or battlefield is possible and more than likely. This July could be something to remember or try to forget. Anyway, I have a place to stay and I intend to enjoy myself.
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