Wednesday, August 3, 2016. 1:40PM
The Siege of Vicksburg Battlefield
I decided to drive to Huntsville, Alabama for a weekend with some good friends. After arriving in Vicksburg, Mississippi and checking in at my hotel, I decided to on a tour of the Battlefield. I paid my $12.00 and drove through the gates. On either side of me were statues, plaques and engraved stones with names, dates, ranks and other important data. I was behind Union lines. It felt so strange to be there on an actual Civil War Battlefield. I didn't know what to expect.
It was a hot, clear Summer day. As I was drove slowly through the park, I would sometimes park, get out and take pictures of the area I was in. One area stated that I was in a place commanded by troops from Illinois. I came to a Civil War canon. I decided to get out of the car and get some photos of it. It was just outside a thicket of trees and brush aiming towards enemy lines. After turning on m camera, I looked up at the thicket of trees... And froze! There, just to my right few yards away was a Union Soldier. He was wearing blue and carried a rifle... And I could see right through him! He took a step and vanished! He did not seem to be aware of me. I am pretty sure it was a residual ghost. As I rounded a turn I saw hundreds of graves of the men who had fought and died there. As the afternoon dragged on, I decided to head back to my hotel but as I drove on, I got the feeling of being lost. I finally headed for the gate and headed for the hotel. I dictated all the facts into my iPhone because I couldn't get online last night.
This is the first battlefield ghost I have ever seen as well as my first residual ghost.