Posted 10 April 2011 - 05:37 PM
Sorry if I sounded somewhat po'ed but the stroy, which I'll tell now might sound questionable, if not downright a joke. Trust me, it is not a joke. In doing reenactments, individuals dress up in as authentic Civil War dress as possible, from replica rifles to uniforms costing several thousands of dollars. So we do taake it seriously, from troop movements ,as history records, to where certain famous soldiers were killed. As it happens, in July, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, several thousands reenactors, various military groups converge on Gettysburg,P.A.I am part of the North Carolina 26th, who according to records, had the highest fatality rate of any unit on either side and fought on the 1st and the 3rd. On july 2nd, some of us, from the 26th, the 23rd and the 30th, were at "Devil's Den" just taking a break, in what shade was accessable, when this "person" dressed in the best looking reproduction uniform I have ever seen came climbing up the rocks and down toward us, with what we all recognized as a"ammo sack", used to carry large amounts of musket balls/minnie balls. No ammo is allowed on the battlefield nor are ramrods, used to ram dowm ammo,wading, etc. on the rifles, as they serve no purpose and since gunpowder is fired, it would br dngerous to use a ramrod and fforget it was in the barrel and send it flying when fired. Anyway, he was clearly froma Northern state by his speech but the conversation turned very strange. He started handing out ammo, saying as "all out Reb. charge was exppected tomorrow and we'd be busy holding your ground." I thought wel if he's playing character, so will I. I asked him if he knew how Grant was doing at Vicksburg, which fell on July 3rd or 4th. to Union forces. and what did he think of Lincoln? His comments did not reflect as if he had heard anything I had ask. He just kept on dumping out ammo, and thenI noticed, as hot as it was, he was not sweating at all. Not a single drop was on his face and the bag, which I lifted, must have weighted 75 lbs. enough to make anyone sweat. When offered water, he refused saying he didn't have time and rush off. Several got up to see where he went, as it was about 100 yards of clear vision, in a 360 Degree radius and we , well, several of us thought there was something odd about him. He had 30 sec. at best in front of us, and when we got past the last edge of the biggest rock, we looked in both directions, he wasn't here, other reenactors were and we ran to ask them if they had seen a "soldier' fitting his description. Thankfully, some had but only briefly, as one "general" from Georgia said, he seemed to just "vanish" in from of my eyes, which several others quickly agreeded to, seveal appearing rather rattled.I could go into greater detail but the bare fact are thaat it "seems as if a "soldier/ghost, from a Union state, had the joob of passing out ammon, before Pickett's Charge on the 3rd and the defeat of the Confederate Army of Virgina and General R.E. Lee. having been there about 8 or 9 times, I have almost a bookful of stories of "things" I have seen and heard that defy ANY scientific explanation, except they involved, what I call "ghosts" that are trapped there. from July 1st 1863, to July 3rd, 1863 and have no place to go to.