Category Archives: the Paranormal

The Christmas Picket: A Civil War Christmas, Part 12

December 25, 1861. A nineteen year old private in the Confederate army, Valerius Cincinnatus Giles, was on guard detail along the Potomac River this Winter day, pacing back and forth and occasionally staring over at the Yankees of General Sickles’ … Continue reading

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THE JINGLING HOLE: Uncivil War in Appalachia

  With Halloween fast approaching, our Civil War tales will be leaning more heavily to the supernatural side than normal, not that any time of the year isn’t a good time for a ghost story. Some years back, I published … Continue reading

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Captain Aldrich and the “Dance of Death”

The Battle of Nashville was notable in a number of regards, not least for the extensive use of United States Colored Troops (or USCT) in an active combat role and for their part in the overwhelming Union victory. In the … Continue reading

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Bloody Antietam: the Phantom Carolers and other Battlefield Haunts

The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 was the bloodiest single day in American History. The casualties on that day exceeded the casualties of all of America’s previous wars combined. That such awful butchery would leave its mark on the … Continue reading

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Mary and the Mediums: Fact or Fallacy?

Ever since President Lincoln’s murder–some would say martyrdom– there have been those who have wanted to re-cast Abraham Lincoln in their image, especially when it cam to his spiritual beliefs. No soon was the President’s body cold, than herds of fundamentalist … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Civil War Ghost Central

“In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.” –Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, 20th Maine For Civil War buffs in general, and those … Continue reading

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The Day Lincoln Was Assassinated: The Final Premonition

“Presentiments are strange things! and so are sympathies; and so are signs; and the three combined make one mystery to which humanity has not yet found the key”  Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre  As every school child knows–or should know–Abraham Lincoln, … Continue reading

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Ulysses and Julia Grant: Paranormal Partners

It’s interesting to observe how serious researchers will often ignore evidence right before their eyes–evidence they don’t wish to see, that is. In the case of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant, both husband and wife mention … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln and the Undiscovered Country

“DEATH, THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, FROM WHOSE BOURNE NO MAN RETURNS” —Shakespeare   Abraham Lincoln was a complex, multi-faceted man. The common mis-perceptions of him have been carefully cultivated by his hagiographers The Paranormal Presidency deals with Lincoln’s belief in and … Continue reading

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