Haunted Battlefields – From Gettysburg To Stalingrad

Antietam

If the spirits of people who die in terrible suffering really continue to roam the Earth as ghosts then certainly battlefields are more likely to be haunted than most places. Here are seven places believed to still be visited by those who died in battle.

Gettysburg

George Weikert House, Gettysburg.This lovely stone farmhouse stands on US Avenue where it intersects with Hancock / Sedgwick Ave.Used as a Union field hospital, the house is a two story granite building on a granite foundation. It has vertical board and batten on the gable ends. In 1863, the house was a one-story, two-bay stone house. In the later nineteenth century, it was modified to the current two-story.Photo: lcm1863 CC BY-ND 2.0
George Weikert House, Gettysburg.This lovely stone farmhouse stands on US Avenue where it intersects with Hancock / Sedgwick Ave.Used as a Union field hospital, the house is a two story granite building on a granite foundation. It has vertical board and batten on the gable ends. In 1863, the house was a one-story, two-bay stone house. In the later nineteenth century, it was modified to the current two-story.Photo: lcm1863 CC BY-ND 2.0

Gettysburg is the site of the bloodiest battle on US soil. Over 50,000 soldiers were injured, lost or died in the fight between the Union soldiers from the North and the Confederate soldiers from the South. There are those who believe that as many as 10,000 still haunt the area today.

Even nearby buildings are said to be visited by the spirits of dead soldiers since some were used as hospitals during the fighting.

People claim to hear strange noises, see weird lights and even glimpse ghosts on the battlefield. In the buildings, doors will lock by themselves, lights flicker on and off, and objects move seemingly on their own.

There’s even a ghost tour of Gettysburg so you can check it out for yourself.

Passchendaele

Battlefields of WW1. Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, 29 October 1917. The leading soldier is Gunner James Fulton and the second soldier is Lieutenant Anthony Devine. The men belong to a battery of the 10th Field Artillery Brigade.
Battlefields of WW1. Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, 29 October 1917. The leading soldier is Gunner James Fulton and the second soldier is Lieutenant Anthony Devine. The men belong to a battery of the 10th Field Artillery Brigade.

In World War I, the Allies attacked the Germans who were dug in near the village of Passchendaele. Aerial photographs of the battlefield show that some 1,000,000 shells exploded in a one mile area. Almost 400,000 soldiers died on both sides.

Due to heavy rains and thick mud, the battlefields were treacherous to navigate. Planks were laid out to make walkways but anyone who slipped off of the path was unlikely to make it back up. More than 100,000 soldiers who died were never identified.

Nowadays, people claim that they hear the sounds of battle – gunfire, screams, and other noises – rising from the battlefield at random times.

Culloden

In 1881, Duncan Forbes erected the headstones that mark the mass graves of fallen Jacobite soldiers. They lie on either side of an early 19th-century road which runs through the battlefield. Shadowgate – CC BY 2.0
In 1881, Duncan Forbes erected the headstones that mark the mass graves of fallen Jacobite soldiers. They lie on either side of an early 19th-century road which runs through the battlefield. Shadowgate – CC BY 2.0

Prince William easily destroyed the Jacobite rebellion in the mid-1700s. The Battle of Culloden took less than an hour by some accounts but it was the decisive victory for William over the Scottish clans.

The anniversary of the battle is April 16. Some say that they see the dead soldiers return on that day every year and the sounds of battle with swords can be heard ringing through the air.

Some even claim to have met the ghosts of dead soldiers wandering on the battlefields, including one who walks around looking stunned.

It is also said that birds refuse to sing next to the graves at the site.

Little Bighorn

Looking in the direction of the Indian village and the deep ravine. 1025wil – CC BY-SA 3.0
Looking in the direction of the Indian village and the deep ravine. 1025wil – CC BY-SA 3.0

The Battle of Little Bighorn is famously known for being Custer’s Last Stand. He led the US Cavalry into battle against the Lakota tribe of Native Americans.

The Cavalry was completely outnumbered and overwhelmed and easily defeated. Yet the number of casualties was relatively low at around 450 from both sides.

Still, people visiting the battlegrounds report feelings of hopelessness that overwhelm them. Others claim to hallucinate scenes from the battle. A groundskeeper even stated that her home at the site was haunted by one of the Cavalry soldiers.

Stalingrad

A Red Army soldier marches a German soldier into captivity after the battle of Stalingrad. Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de
A Red Army soldier marches a German soldier into captivity after the battle of Stalingrad. Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

One of the bloodiest battles in history occurred at Stalingrad during World War II. Nazi Germany attacked the Russians in order to gain control of the historic city.

The Red Army ultimately repelled the Axis attack after five months and at a cost of 2,000,000 lives.

Whole neighborhoods in the city are believed to be haunted with ghosts of the deceased soldiers continuing to live in the city as if they were still alive.

Towton

Battlefields: Reenactors of the Battle of Towton. William A Dobson-CC BY-SA 2.0
Battlefields: Reenactors of the Battle of Towton. William A Dobson-CC BY-SA 2.0

Towton was the location of a fierce battle during the English Wars of the Roses in 1461. Around 30,000 people died in the fighting during a heavy snowstorm.

The town is said to experience a heavy snowstorm every seven years since that battle and anyone who dares to walk out into that storm will see the two sides continuing their fight. When the storm ends, the soldiers leave until the next storm in seven years.

Chickamauga

Chickamauga Battlefield today. Lhughesw5 – CC BY-SA 3.0
Chickamauga Battlefield today. Lhughesw5 – CC BY-SA 3.0

Chickamauga is the site of a US Civil War battle in Georgia that killed 30,000 men. Today, Ol’ Green Eyes is said to still roam the battlefield. He has variously been described as the decapitated head of a soldier from the Civil War or a Native American creature with long hair, fangs and eyes that glow.

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It’s always a good idea to brush up on your history and visiting the famous location of a historic battle is a good way to do just that. Who knows, you might meet someone who was actually there!