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A True Haunted Gettysburg Story
by: Natalie Lynn, TCPS Member


One of my favorite "haunted Gettysburg" stories took place at the George House on Steinwehr Avenue. This story was written about in the the excellent Ghosts of Gettysburg series of books written by Mark Nesbitt and profiled on tv as well. According to the story, two women tourists were walking past the George House late one night and, since it was currently a craft shop, they stopped and looked into the front window. What they saw was very curious--an empty room except for a woman, dressed in black, sitting in a rocking chair and a man lying on a cot who appeared to be quite dead. The woman seemed to be holding a vigil.

A true haunted Gettysburg Story about Maj. Gen Reynolds
A sign marks the spot where Maj. Gen Reynolds was killed on July 1, 1863.
The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

The next day, the two women returned to the shop and were very surprised to see it filled with crafts and looking very different from the night before. When they asked the shopkeeper about the wax figures that they had seen the previous evening, the shopkeeper told them they had never had any such figures and this was, after all, a craft store. The tourists, however, were adamant about what they had seen and even knew of a door they had seen the previous night that was now completely hidden by pegboard.



So, how was this possible? How could these two women have seen what they were absolutely certain they had seen? Oddly enough, the most likely answer seems to come from the pages of Gettysburg's history, or more precisely, Gettysburg's "haunted history."

As historic records can confirm, the George House was the exact location that soldiers took the body of Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds after they carried his lifeless body off the battlefield on July 1, 1863. Reynolds' body was left in the house's small sitting room for many hours while his aides made funeral arrangements. Since Reynolds was a high ranking Union officer deserving of high honors, it is easy to believe that his remains would not be left unattended. As strange as it seems, it appears that the two women tourists happened upon some sort of rift in time that allowed them, for just a little while, to become observers of this very sad and historic moment.

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This article is copyrighted by the author: Natalie Lynn, 2006