Does the "Devil" reside in Gettysburg?

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It comes as no surprise, the battle of Gettysburg is probably one of the most notorious and bloody events throughout the American Civil War. Of course, there's no shortage of ghost stories surrounding this place. On the battlefield itself, there's a cluster of rocks known as the "Devil's Den". However, aside from the paranormal aspects, there's a large amount of historical significance.

"Devil’s Den is the name given to a ridge strewn with large boulders south of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and about 500 yards west of Little Round Top on the Battle Of Gettysburg battlefield. The origin of the name is uncertain. On July 2, 1863, the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the area around Devil’s Den saw intense fighting as part of General Robert E. Lee’s flank attacks, when Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s Confederate corps attacked the divisions of Major General Daniel Sickles’ III Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Some 5,500 Confederates from Major General John Bell Hood’s division ultimately captured Devil’s Den from 2,400 defenders drawn from Major General David Bell Birney’s division. It was one of the few Southern successes in that day’s fighting. Total casualty estimates are over 800 for the Union, more than 1,800 among the Confederates." (

With that in mind, many tourists have claimed too see the ghost of a "bare-footed man" who wears a floppy hat. Interestingly, this ghostly man has a similar appearance to a group of men that came from Texas, and participated in the bloody battle of Gettysburg.

Video by: Gettysburg Paranormal Association

Here's something interesting to point out:

When people die, and they choose a formal burial; they are often buried without shoes. Furthermore, this is often because no one actually sees the dead person's feet, right? So, would it not be fair to assume this "bare-footed man" was, in fact, a ghost? Drawing from his physical description, it sounds like he could have been one of the men from Texas fighting at Gettysburg. He's also not wearing shoes. For example, think of the 1969 album cover of Abbey Road from The Beatles. Paul McCartney is the "dead man", and he's not wearing shoes once the group crosses the titular road.

McCartney is second from the left, and not wearing shoes.

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The 16th President of the United States was synonymous with the American Civil War, even though his assassination took place before the war had actually come to an end. Not surprisingly, there are some conspiracy theories as to whether John Wilkes Booth was actually killed just a few days after he took the President's life. Some people say he survived, and died some time during the 1900s. However, that's probably not true.

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Following Abraham Lincoln's death, some people have claimed his spirit lives on in the White House. For decades, former presidents, first ladies, and even staff members of the building have either seen Lincoln's ghost, or felt his presence. During the final years of his life, Lincoln hardly slept, and more or less aged beyond his years. Lincoln was 56 at the time of his death.

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In 1842 (then 33), Lincoln married Mary Todd. His wife was fascinated by the supernatural, which led to the future president's own interest in spiritualism. In some cases, the ghost of Abraham Lincoln has made its presence known in times of crisis.

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More specifically, Lincoln's ghost was seen quite often during the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When Roosevelt was elected in 1933, the United States had just recently entered the Great Depression. By 1941, the country entered the Second World War. Although First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt denied ever seeing Lincoln's ghost, she did admit she felt his presence as her study was once his bedroom.

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