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The Gettysburg College Library

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Once, two highly acclaimed administrators ventured into the basement of the library. While there, they saw a doctor in clothes reminiscent of clothes worn in the Civil War, who asked them to come and help. Also during this brief moment of horror, the witnesses claim to have heard the screams of patients and the sight of blood as well. The two witnesses quit their jobs the following day, never to return. It turns out that this place was the site of a field hospital during the Civil War after the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Jordan says:

March 15, 2006, 3:09 pm

Scary if you believe it. I don’t.

Hope Dawson says:

March 17, 2006, 8:04 pm

scary ? sooooooooooo not

sierra says:

April 4, 2006, 11:18 am

scarry story! write more i love the chilling tingle going up my spine! this reminds me of a time when my great gramps died he spent all his time in his shanny after he died he was there every day at noon. i missed him and was not scared because i knew he was ther to confert me i only see him 3-5 times a month now he speaks to me and tells me its time to let go but i dont know if i can its hard to let go of something thats not really there.

Carl Bailey says:

May 10, 2006, 10:51 am

I have actually gone to tour the campus. Let me tell you what! After reading numerous books and documentation regarding the battle and after how could you not think that place has spirits of the dead? Sit out at Little Round Top or any where on the battle field over night. You need to focus only on what has happened there. You will go home with a different feeling of the place. You should go on the anniversary of the battle. July 1st-3rd.
Also at the campus there is the story of the ‘little blue boy’ as well as the ‘lady in the bell tower’, and the soldiers shadows marching past the theater windows.
Go to the cemetary.
Believe you me! I was a huge sceptic. Not any more.

Turtle says:

May 15, 2006, 9:57 am

I wish these stories were acually scary i mean for real blood quitting job wutever

merd325 says:

September 6, 2006, 12:48 pm

I’m from Philadelphia and I’m telling you it’s true.
It was featured on the Travel Channel.

Critic says:

September 16, 2006, 6:45 pm

you cant divulge enough information in the little bit of writing that these stories contain. I am a critic because I was devistated as a child by many paranormal activities. Mine will be in paperback within a year and it will be the talk of the nation.

Kelly says:

September 23, 2006, 9:53 am

this is supposedly one of the most haunted places in the US! I’m a paranormal fanatic and I have read countless documentation on Gettysburg and it’s ghosts. I totally believe it!

tony says:

October 13, 2006, 7:15 am

I live in pennsylvania and am a civil war reenactor i have seen ghosts at gettysburgh and other battle fields believe me their real.

Meme says:

October 20, 2006, 1:44 pm

I lived for a time in the building on campus that was once an orphanage during the Civil War. The Blue Boy stories are true. There is also a woman who haunts the building, my neighbor entered her room one day to find her folding her laundry. And I myself have heard whispers coming from the attic and have woken in the middle of the night to the feeling of pressure on my back, as if someone were puching me into the mattress. It’s real.

Dee says:

October 20, 2006, 5:06 pm

I have heard many stories about Gettysburg. I do believe that this story was featured on Unsolved mysteries. I love the paranormal I actually have the gift of sight. I understand being skeptic about it but I think that is because you fear it.

anna says:

October 28, 2006, 7:11 pm

i do not belive in ghost

steve Hyde says:

October 28, 2006, 9:51 pm

I live in Pennsylvania, and have been to Gettysburg many many times over
the last forty years. Although, I have never seen anything myself, you do
sense things. After the horror that happened there, how can you not. I have
lived in two homes that were haunted, and my wifes grandmothers” house
had three spirits there also. I DO BELIEVE !!!!.

fyrefiter31 says:

November 17, 2006, 4:48 pm

i have been to gettysburg a few times. the last time i was there i too one of there ghost walks. yes the building they say they saw the doctor and pts. in was on unsolved mysteries.ithey also talked about the little blue boy and the lady in the tower.

josh says:

February 7, 2007, 3:46 am

I’m from gettysburg and ive never seen a thing. when we were in our teens we always tried to find ghosts and never have. Have the places around town are fakes just to make money. Most of my childhood friends worked there growing up, and they tell you when you start the job that you need to make up your own stories along with the regular legends. I live right near the battlefield in the country side and never heard or saw a thing. I believe in ghosts and visited all of the hot spots but all i come up with is nothing.

Kat says:

March 26, 2007, 4:39 pm

I go to Gettysburg college. The story posted here is wrong, even if the idea behind it is true. The building used as a field hospital was Penn Hall, not the library. Penn Hall’s basement is not blocked off, after the scence described above was witnessed.

Heather says:

June 19, 2007, 11:41 am

I remember seeing this story on Unsolved Mysteries many years ago. While I’ve never been there myself, I’ve only visited PA once (I’m in CA), I believe almost every place the Civil War was, spirits linger. Just considering how many people died, at least a few must still be around.

loco says:

June 20, 2007, 5:31 pm

Well now, I was just in Gettysburg a few months ago- and the dead are quite alive and well there. Believe what you want, but don’t knock Gettysburg. It’s one of the most well documented areas of phenomena in the United States. It is indeed haunted, kiddies!

Resident says:

August 18, 2007, 8:39 am

I was born and raised in Gettysburg (63 yrs)and have NEVER seen a ghost. I’ve been over the battlefield hundreds of times and never saw a thing (day and night). A friend of mine who works for the telephone company (31 yrs) has been in all the basements at the college and never saw or felt anything. I keep looking and hoping but not one time have I ever had an inkling of a ghost.

Matt says:

August 28, 2007, 7:12 pm

It’s been detailed on Travel Channel, and The History Channel too I think. Anyway, anybody wants to know more about it and other Gettysburg encounters and stories, you can always try the Ghosts of Gettysburg books by Mark Nesbitt, and a few other authors as well. I know this story in particular is covered in one of them. I try to go to Gettysburg once a year, (so far I’ve managed it 3 times in the last 3 1/2 years) I go with a camera and an audio recorder. I’ve seldom been disappointed with the results.

Adam says:

October 5, 2007, 12:40 pm

This is horse ****. My Girl Friend went to college there. A. It was Penn Hall not the library. B. They only saw doctors and not blood anywhere. C. Wheres the Blue Boy? Cause thats REAL!

Jen says:

November 3, 2007, 3:53 pm

Gettysburg is supposed to be extremely haunted, and I think that at the very least it should be treated respectfully because of all the blood that was shed there and all the people that lost their lives there. I would never even try to convince anyone it’s not haunted, because it could very well be with all of the sudden deaths there.

Homebrew says:

December 29, 2007, 5:25 am

First off to Adam, The sceen they saw was a civil war hospital. They supposedly saw doctors, and men being opperated on. They said it was a very grizzly sceen.
I was raised around G-Burg, and when I was in my late teens I saw and heard enough out on the battlefield to tell you it is very active. We could sit and argue the point all day, but I can prove it to anyone. Lets go out and sit on the field for awhile, I bet you either run home, or wet your pants.

tiff says:

January 21, 2008, 12:37 am

Now i don’t know what to think. Half of you say thatit’s real and haunted, and the other half say it isn’t. Me and my friend were actually planning to go there this weekend and check out all the places. Can someone show me some proof? because now i’m just confused…

john charles garcia says:

April 25, 2008, 1:39 pm

that story is fake. the gettysburg college library is haunted my a sniper’s ghost, the a freakin doctor. DAH!

john charles garcia says:

April 25, 2008, 1:45 pm

that story is fake. the gettysburg college library is haunted by a sniper’s ghost not a freakin doctor. DAH!

Sami says:

May 5, 2008, 10:18 am

Well I used to live in Gettysburg and i’ve heard most of the stories. I’ll attest to these stories because i no tis stuff is true. I’ve been to the Farnsworth house and if you really are interested in the supernatural then this is one place to put on your list. I’ve also been to the college and know for a fact that its haunted.

pool says:

May 22, 2008, 4:26 pm

I never want to go there and see blood from the civil war. If I ever go there I will emediotly quit or leave as soon as I can.

James says:

May 27, 2008, 8:57 pm

I saw a show based on gettysburg ghosts. They did a recreation of where the women went down to the basement on the elevator. They were trying to go to the 1st floor but it took them to the basement and when the doors opened they saw a doctor and nurses operateing on a civil war guy. Then the doc looked right at them and motioned with his hand for thme to come and help. They didn’t set foot off the elevator just kept pressing the button for it to close the doors.

christian says:

July 17, 2008, 10:20 pm

Its alright not to believe the truth until you have actually encountered a ghost or felt the presence of a ghost, but these ghost stoires are not fake…at least not most of them….but I do Civil War re-enactments and he stories I hear are not at all fake for many people to know…this is a very interesting story but the one I favor most is the story of the farmer with a row of cannons in his field with a battle….

christian says:

July 17, 2008, 10:25 pm

Its alright not to believe the truth until you have actually encountered a ghost or felt the presence of a ghost, but these ghost stories are not fake…at least not most of them….but I do Civil War re-enactments and he stories I hear are not at all fake for many people to know…this is a very interesting story but the one I favor most is the story of the farmer with a row of cannons in his field with a battle….

JohnnyO says:

July 29, 2008, 4:00 pm

I attended Gettysburg College in the early 80s. There are many ghost stories about Gettysburg and the battle. The Penn Hall hospital scene is a very popular one along with the lookout on the cupola of Penn hall. On occasion, several of us used to walk the battlefields looking for ghosts, but never saw a one. I’d love to see a ghost, but in all honesty never have.

My Spanish teacher sophmore year told the most convincing story I’ve ever heard about a civil war soldier appearing in her house. I think it was on Chambersburg Street, but I can’t quite remember.
If you like these stories, dig deeper into books and the internet and you will find many more Gettysburg ghost stories.

Amelia says:

August 6, 2008, 3:53 am

Actually, they didn’t quit their job over that. They just don’t work late anymore.

2005 Gburg Grad says:

August 16, 2008, 3:23 pm

I also graduated from Gettysburg and had several experiences while I was there. However, let me clear up a few misconceptions. Adam is most likely correct in stating that this story probably originates from the Penn Hall tale which has been widely publicized by the History Channel’s “Ghosts of Gettysburg” program. As to the veracity of that story, I have no conclusive proof to offer one way or the other(though not for lack of trying – my best friend and I snuck into Penn Hall our Senior year and staked it out for a few hours post mid-night, including taking an elevator ride to the basement. The only thing we came away with was President Kate Will’s business card, but I digress).
What I can tell you is that odd things have been known to happen in the library, mostly involving books flying off the shelves on the forth (top)floor. Fact: the library (like most of the buildings on campus) is built on ground were soldiers were buried. While the Union recovered the bodies relatively quickly (within 9 months), the Confederacy was not able to reclaim their dead until after the war ended. Neither side worried with retrieving/searching for amputated arms or legs, they took only whole skeletons. There is a story that when the library was built in the early 1980s, there were apparently some bodies found,construction was temporarily halted, the bodies were relocated and properly reinterred, and the ground was blessed. Whether the blessing worked or not is up for debate.
As much as I hate to break bubbles, I can tell you for certain that the Blue Boy story relating to Steven’s Hall is (unfortunately) not true. What first tipped me off that it was possibly a hoax was the fact that my dad graduated from Gettysburg as well (several decades before me)and had never heard of this story. It turns out that the blue boy story was concocted by an English major during the 1970s for their senior thesis. One of my friends worked for the college archives and found the paper. In the interest of fairness, I will say that I had another friend who after graduation, got a summer job giving ghost tours in town at one of the firms and he said that they have an actual picture taken of a group of students and in the background there is a blue face in the window. Personally, I have little faith in purported evidence held by companies who make a killing exploiting the hopes of tourists.

That said, there are ghostly experiences to be had both at the college and the surrounding area, but you have little chance of finding them on a tour. If you want the real stories, talk to security gaurds, former resident assistants, and janitors. The stories they have to tell are usually less sensational, but are also probably more factual.

michael wolf says:

August 26, 2008, 4:52 pm

I was staying at the Farnsworth Inn last year and my family was in the Mcfarland room. I like to ghost hunt with video recorders and E.V.P. recorders when one night my wife and I couldn’t believe what we heard.There were confederate sharpshooters in the Farnsworth during the Battle of Gettysburg and 6 were killed there. We recorded at night and in the morning we heard on the recorder a voice saying in a whisper “Whats going on out there?” then there was a muffled sound of a what sounded like someone was going through a leather bag, followed by the sound of a tearing of some material and the pouring of sand down a metal barrel. the only thing I could think of was a musket being primed. My wife and I was shocked when we heard a loud swooshing sound and another voice ask the first ” Did you get him?” Could this have been a residual haunting of a confederate sharpshooter making a kill? TRUE STORY!!!!

michael wolf says:

August 26, 2008, 5:18 pm

I have two other stories of gettysburg I would love to share. I travel there often because my great great grandfather fought for the Union at the Peach Orchard under General Dan Sicles and I want to relate what happened to me there. I was going through the park one night and came across a group of reenactors that were camped ther for the night. The park allows reenactors to stay there and found myself enjoying they’r company so I stayed with them at Spanglers Spring and we traded stories of the battle and had some beers. Before I knew it it was 2am and tourists are not allowed in the park past 10pm. I saw a park ranger and explained why I was there so late and she said it was no problem if I left right away, which I did.However on the way back I stopped at the Peach Orchard and wanted to take some pictures before I left for the night. I got out of my car and did not park on the grass but left my car on the road and took some photos. All of a sudden on the side of the snake rail fence to my right I swore I heard a loud sound of manypeople walking through the high grass there. There was no voices or clanking just the sound of many men walking through this high grass. THERE WAS NO WIND! I came to the fence and said to myself, there are alot of people there walking by as the sound was so clear and as soon as I took some pictures, the sound stopped!! There were an abnormal number of orbs but I wondered was that the sound of a long ago regiment walking through the grass there? Was it Union or Confederate and if it was a group of Union soldiers, could grampa be among them?

beetle_juice says:

August 30, 2008, 3:54 pm

I absolutely love Gettysburg for the Civil War History and the fact that it “could” be haunted. But, how does a tourist get in to some of these places like the College and the farm houses that were used as field hospitals on the Battlefield? I’ve been to the regular stops like Devil’s Den (got a huge, white orb in daylight over some boulders), and went on the Ghost Tour on Steinwehr Avenue (got colored light anomalies there at the Haunted Stream), but have never captured anything worthwhile, like an apparition nor have I heard voices. I’d prefer the non-touristy fake Ghost Tours that only show the outside of the building. Can a visitor arrange for private tours? Do you think college kids would be interested in taking some “old folks on a private tour” or is that our of the question? Thanks. Wilmington, DE

beetle_juice says:

August 30, 2008, 3:58 pm

OOps. Typo. Confusion here. What I meant was, I do NOT prefer the fake, touristy Ghost Walks that only take you to the outside of the buildings. Why can’t we see the inside?

Al MacRabie says:

October 6, 2008, 6:11 pm

I am not a believer in ghosts or apparitions. I frequently go to Gettysburg to research for my writings on the battle. I have taken over 1,000 photo over the past years and have found 3 of them containg features that I cannot explain. At 6 a.m., I thought is would be a great oppertunity to photograph a beautiful sunrise over the National Cemetery from the Taneytown Road. When I studied the picture, there was a huge orb over a monument. I discounted this as a reflection of the sun from my camera lens. There was also a “comet” looking object that I discounted as possibly a result from the sun. What I can’t discount was the appearance of a woman in mid-1800’s period dress standing in a small opening among the trees. I took 3 photos and the woman only appeared in one photo. I walked into the cemetery and found no one in the vicinity. The was a light dew on the ground and I could see where i had walked in the wet grass, but no other footprints were to be found. I found it so odd that I donated the photo to a local establishment in Gettysburg, where they have it on display. They believe it to be the apparition of Elizabeth Thorn, who was acting as care taker for the nieghboring Evergreen Cemetery and was responsible for having buried nearly 100 dead soldiers right after the battle. As for the photo, I have no idea, nor am I concerned that I may have caught an apparition on film. I just find it courious that it appeared and disappeared in a matter of seconds, leaving behind no evidence that it was ever there asides from the image on my photo. I was however inspired to research Mrs. Thorn and her remarkable story that has become part of the civilian aspect of my writings about Gettysburg.

Al MacRabie says:

October 6, 2008, 6:26 pm

As I stated above, I am a historian, not a seeker of the paranormal. Another of my many photo’s taken at Gettysburg shows a misty figure of a man on horseback riding through the Lincoln Square late in the evening. My son and I had decided to go into the downtown section of the historic town when he mentioned that the lighted front of the Gettysburg Hotel would make a nice photo. I was facing north with the Will’s House to my right when I snapped the picture. Everything seemed normal for a late summer’s eve in Gettysburg. When I returned to my hotel, I downlaoded the pictures I took onto my laptop when the misty riding figure appeared in the photo. I tried to come to a logical conclusion as to what it might have originated from. There were several cars passing by in the busy circle, but what are the odds that car exhaust on a warm July night was the cause of the mist? Also, had it been exhaust, I am almost sure I would have seen it with the naked eye, which is not the case. I jus chalk it up to one of the few photos of the thousand or so I have taken, that I simply can’t explain, and nothing more. But it is intriguing since that area was swarming with cavalry soldiers on July 1-3, 1863.

Susan says:

October 14, 2008, 2:56 pm

My husband and I drove to Gettysburg for our vacation this past summer. I knew it was said to be very haunted but did not expect anything to happen but it did. Where we stayed the first night I was lying on the bed just closed my eyes and felt someone press down on my leg it felt like fingers. My husband was no where near me so it was not him. The Inn where we stayed did confirm that this was not the first time someone had told them about unexplained things happening in the room also. Even after this happened to me I was for some reason not afraid to stay there the second and third night and I am not sure why.

shelby says:

November 4, 2008, 12:57 pm

plz like i belive that stupid story i have herad scaryer stories form a little four years old and he was talking about a ghost in his closet so plz come up with something better

Liz says:

June 3, 2009, 12:23 pm

This story is so twisted it’s not even close to being the right one. Try at least getting the right building next time.

aperson says:

June 21, 2009, 11:12 pm

There were hundreds of thousands people killed in that battle in only 3 days. Of course its haunted. I live 20 mins away and go to class in gburg. Its deff a haunted area. Not just by the soldiers of battle, but by numerous murders and hangings. Visit Sach’s Bridge. Many hangings there. You start driving down roads and you end up turning around because of the unsafe and horrific feeling it gives you.

Autumn says:

July 4, 2009, 9:18 pm

kind of scary but not
scary enough for me!

katie says:

July 4, 2009, 9:27 pm

one time my mom moved in to a house she had my older brother jeff he was only nine! he was in his room and a clown appered!!!
he started to screem !!!
my mom came running out of the kitchen and saw it with her own eyes!
soon it dissapered.But dont worry she moved the next day!!!

Pamela says:

August 3, 2009, 11:42 pm

I have been to Gettysburg many times and every time there is always something weird that has happened that I can’t explain. The last time is when my camera would not work at Devil’s Den, but then worked just fine after we left the area. i asked a park ranger about ghosts and he just said there are a lot of things that happen there that they “can’t explain.”
Even they get a little spooked, and he did admit that he saw two soldiers that looked like reenactors, and when he approached them, they just disappeared.

deadman green says:

August 5, 2009, 11:34 am

I got so many goose bumbs from reading this that my nipples got hard!

MoonFeather13 says:

September 6, 2009, 3:22 pm

My friend and I are going to pool our money, and buy some investigative equipment; one of the first places we’re going to is Gettysburg…

Richard Urban says:

October 22, 2009, 8:08 pm

I am a first year at Gettysburg College. I heard this same story except that it occurred in Penn Hall (our administration building). There are some cool stories about the campus. As a history buff I enjoy them. I have yet to experience anything. Same with my friends.

Stephanie says:

February 11, 2010, 2:02 pm

I have been to Gettysburg before and i saw the stagecoach ghost and i got a photo of an apparittion in a graveyard there.

kathleen woolley says:

August 5, 2010, 3:21 pm

it wasn’t the library it was the administration building called Penn Hall.

Penn Hall was the field hospital during the 3 day battle in Gettysburg.

Tyler says:

August 16, 2010, 11:52 pm

Most people dont realize that there is such a thing as ghosts. Mos of the time they are there and we just dont realize it. I’m going to ask a few random questions and answer them to yourself and think about your answers. Have you ever gotten a chill on your neck in a room that was warm? Have you ever been alone but just had that feeling you have company? I see alot of machary videos on youtube. some are scary yes but its the poor lighting that makes you scared not the image itself. If you have a digital camera just take about 10 or 15 random photos of your house while its pitch black with the flash on, look for little circles on everything in the pictures. I have dozens of photos of orb form ghosts that live in my house. they are posted on my facebook. i have videos of them crossing the rooms. They drained the batteries in several flashlights. my telavision will turn off while i’m sleeping, I never turn it off unless i’m not home. still think there a imagined thing people get stuck in their heads? keep thinking about it next time your watching TAPS or something like that. i can garentee TAPS misses alot of them. It scares me to talk about it, to think about it, yet I still have to discover them. look at the Amityville Horror house, didnt it ever cross your mind why its always for sale? Thats rite 1.15 million rite now is what they have it on the market for, why? That house is so full of evil they should burn it down and be done with it. I wont go to cemetaries without taking a camera and a flashlight, any building without power I have to take my camera and its always videoing. Someone asked me how a building gets haunted in the first place? The guettysburg battle field is an open grassy medow yet there have been more sittings there than in the local gift shops. No shop is open after dark, why? You think the people dont know whats there? They now, they just dont fear enough to stay away. some ghosts wont hurt humans, others are thirsty for our blood and our bodies so they can live agian. now do you still believe its a mythe? As true as the words in this message I have seen more than I care to explain. were I live its a nightmare at nite. i can hear children screaming in the streets at 2 am. This is as much as I care to write, im getting chily and I dont like the feeling I’m getting. If you have any questions or need to talk e-mail me at…..Bye!

Keshav Gurung says:

October 30, 2015, 4:53 am

The ghosts would not hang around for more than four score and seven years

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