The Lost Souls
Published on: Oct 2,
the evening of September 20, 1863
darkness settled across the battered land near the Tennessee river. The
battle of Chickamauga had just ended. Women crept onto the field, their
lanterns bobbing in the inky darkness. As they discovered the bodies of
their loved ones on this southeastern Tennessee battlefield, they let
out cries on anguish. Many years later, it is these lights and sounds
that remind us that these women are still haunting the battlefield.
story of the battle itself is
complex. This area, now a National Park, extends into Georgia. It was
an excellent spot for the Union army to enter the Peach Tree State, but
they failed, and this battle was a victory for the Confederates.
35,000 men died during the
two-day battle. To this day, workers in the park still uncover the
bodies of soldiers because there is no accurate record of the burials.
the war ended, many more people
were to die on this waterway that the Cherokee Indians had nicknamed
“the river of death”. In the 1890s a military training camp was
established on the grounds to prepare men for the Spanish-American War.
Conditions were bad and many men died form disease. In fact, more
American men died at the Chickamauga camp than during the fighting in
modern times the large, heavily
wooded park has turned into the “perfect” spot to commit a murder or
suicide. Also, those wishing to dispose of a corpse sometimes use it as
a dumping ground.
of the ghosts associated with
Chickamauga seem to relate to these lost or abandoned corpses. A spirit
referred to as ”the lady in white” roams the battlefield. She once
loved a man who went away to fight in the Civil War and never returned.
Apparently, her man was slain at Chickamauga and her shade still looks
for his corpse.
believe that the phantom that was
nicknamed “Old Green Eyes” was around before the war took place. Others
believe that in life this man was a Confederate soldier who was killed
when he was hit by a cannonball. The only identifiable part of him to
be found was his head.
is said that “Old Green Eyes” is
still looking for his missing body. Visitors in the area at sunset have
reported seeing a pair of large glowing eyes coming towards them,
accompanied by a terrible groan. Others have claimed to see a
monster-like creature with long hair, fangs, and a cape that flaps
despite the lack of wind at the time. Some people claim to feel that
they are being watched as they are in the park.
the bushes part as
though someone is coming through, but no one ever does. Others have
heard the sounds of horses galloping or men shouting, and no one ever
man noticed a soldier on horseback
approaching him. As he looked up to see who it might be, he saw that
the rider had no head!
The Lost Souls of Chickamauga
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