To help you prepare for the new Truth or Scare Tour at Ghostly Images of Gettysburg, we’ve decided to whet your appetite with a practice round. Please open your multiple choice answer sheet…now!
They say the most haunted place on the Gettysburg Battlefield is the “Devil’s Den.” Littered with enormous boulders, it was the perfect place for a Confederate sharpshooter to lurk. Hidden in a blind spot, he picked off hundreds of Union soldiers as they hurried through the Den, unaware of his presence. With mirrors and a field glass, the Union eventually pinpointed and killed him, but the Den was full of their slain men. A photographer rushed to the scene after the battle, where he carelessly moved the bodies around to frame better pictures and embellish his story. The men whose corpses were disturbed still wander the Devil’s Den to this day…
Colonel Langhorne Wister was an officer of the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry when they were called to the Battle of Gettysburg. His regiment found themselves stranded on a ridge, under heavy artillery fire, when he was suddenly wounded in the mouth. The command had fallen to him, but he was unable to speak, and his men didn’t know what to do. Many were slaughtered in the confusion, and all he could do was watch helplessly. Ultimately, he sacrificed himself so that his men could escape and now he haunts Seminary Ridge, torn by the grief of losing his men, but even now unable to voice his tragic regrets.
Pickett’s Charge was the Confederate maneuver that came closest to turning the tide of the Civil War. Brigadier General Lewis Armistead spurred his men through the Union lines towards a copse of trees, finally reaching what is known as the High Water Mark. When the Union rallied and pushed them back, Armistead felt the Battle slipping from his grasp. The Federal soldiers pursued him in a mad chase directly into the copse of trees. They surrounded the copse, but Armistead was nowhere to be found. He was never seen again, but both Union and Confederate soldiers later swore to have seen his spirit in the copse. You can still see an agonized face in the trunk of a large and withered tree…since nicknamed the Corpse Tree of the Copse.
Which are true? Which are scares? Turn your computer screen upside down to read the answers! Then, read more about our new tours here!
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