Footprints in the Snow – Continued

Raising-the-Spirits Could it be that the warmth of patriotism still burns through the remains of the fallen? Is their desire to be with comrades what keeps the ground warm? Maybe it is the fire that still burns for a loved one, a desire that not only melts the heart but also the snow! Then again, it could be an anger even hatred towards those who buried them in such haste that they now rot away, forgotten by every living person. Anger so strong, so hot, that it heats the ground more than one hundred and forty-five years later.

No matter what the cause for this amazing occurrence it continues today here in Gettysburg, PA.

Another noteworthy winter ghostly event can happen as a snowfall blankets the battlefield. Footsteps! Not just any footsteps but those that seem to mysteriously appear and go nowhere. Throughout the area, these have been known to be found. Some say they appear to come from nowhere, as if the person rose from the ground to begin a journey across the fields. Those who have followed these ghostly tracks are amazed to find that they end just as they began-nowhere! Some believe that this certainly proves that the dead really do rise to walk again among the living.


Who will dare to go
On a cold Winter’s day
To walk through the snow
Where the dead soldiers lay

Follow slowly their tracks
In the cold of the dead
But don’t turn your back
For many have said

That the soldiers still roam
Among the blood stained ground
As they dream of their home
Snow melts till they’re found


Return next month for another story from Ghostly Images books by Joe Svehla.