Paranormal Activity at U.S Civil War Prisons and the Un-Civil Grounds


I’m pleased to have my friend and fellow Wild Rose Press Author Donna Dalton with me to share about her new historical romance novel,  The Rebel Wifeand the eerie discoveries she made on these un-civil grounds.

Thanks Beth. While researching settings for my historical romance, THE REBEL WIFE, I took a field trip to the southern-most point of the state of Maryland where Point Lookout Union Prison once stood. It was a glorious late spring day. Short-wearing weather. Yet as I passed through the reconstructed gate and into the prison innards, a heavy sense of oppression overcame me. This flat, austere land had once imprisoned thousands of men. It had seen much suffering and many deaths.  Flanked by the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other, the harsh winter months must have been pure hell for the sparsely clothed and starving inmates. Although I didn’t encounter any paranormal activity that day, I could see how departing life in such a wretched place could leave behind tormented souls.

I did a little research and discovered Point Lookout is considered to have one of the most haunted lighthouses in the country. The lighthouse sits at the very end of the peninsula. The most frequent sighting is of a gaunt ghost clothed in ragged, homespun clothing, running back and forth across the road. Other visitors have reported seeing an old woman on the beach, and some speculate she is looking for her gravestone. Paranormal researchers to the area have recorded over twenty-four different sounds and voices.

Other prison camps have reported paranormal activity as well. At the Confederate prison in Andersonville, Georgia, many visitors have heard eerie noises, including gunshots, marching, voices talking, and moaning. There’s a stench that people have smelled in the general area of the camp. One visitor was walking the grounds during twilight and spotted a strange figure walking ahead of him. A putrid odor permeated the air. The stranger and the odor vanished, but later, the man overheard a voice behind him talking about giving the last rites.

At Fort Delaware prison camp, in a restored and fully working officers’ kitchen, there have been reports of a female ghost that lingers around the pantry, hiding items stored there and calling people by name, telling them to get out. The officers’ quarters is reported to be haunted by several apparitions. A childlike ghost tugs on people’s clothing and its laughter can be heard. A woman’s ghost has tapped people on the shoulder and has touched them. Books fall from shelves by themselves and crystals hanging from a set of candlesticks move back and forth when there is no breeze to account for the movement.

While I have never personally meet with any apparitions, I believe they do exist, especially those souls who met their end during calamitous times like the U.S. Civil War. For those readers who find this period in American history fascinating, my latest book, THE REBEL WIFE, is set during the height of the war. The hero is a Yankee war correspondent on his way to Point Lookout to write an article about the prison. Louisa Carleton, a southern rebel, is also headed to there to try and free her imprisoned brother. Jack sees the world in black and white, while dyslexic Louisa sees everything in a distorted light. The joining of these two people cannot help but be filled with conflict and emotion.

***You can read more about this story and how to purchase it on Donna’s website at www.donnadalton.netThe Rebel Wife is out in print and kindle at Amazon, and in various eBook formats at The Wild Rose Press. The book is also available from other online booksellers, or soon will be.

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29 responses to “Paranormal Activity at U.S Civil War Prisons and the Un-Civil Grounds

  1. Sounds fascinating…wonder if the ghostbusters, or whatever they’re called, have investigated this. My husband’s great grandfather was imprisoned there, but made it out, fortunately.

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  2. Hi Donna, Good to see you here at Beth’s place. I love your comments on paranormal activities at the prisons. I live near Camp Perry in Williamsburg and many have reported seeing a ghostly troop of soldiers marching along the fence by the highway as well as a carriage riding right through the trees. I believe in spirits as well, life seems so pointless if we are just born and die without there being something beyond. I’ll be purchasing your book and make sure I comment on Amazon!

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  3. Oooh, scary. I didn’t realize some of the posts where that haunted.

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  4. The research was fascinating. There were paranormal investigators who recorded the sounds emanating from the Point Lookout lighthouse. I’m glad to hear your great grandfather made it out of the prison alive. Many didn’t.
    Thanks leaving a comment.

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  5. This was an interesting post, Donna. I’d heard that stone can ‘hold’ onto emotion, and those who can pick up on that tend to strengthen the emotion further. Prison camps would be full of all sorts of emotions. Your book sounds good!

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  6. Oh how I love this post. I love ghost and lighthouses. Its so interesting and what a great read this will be. On my must read list.

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  7. Great to see you hear, Melinda. I glad you find my book interesting. It was soooo much fun to write.

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  8. Fascinating post, Donna. Just in time for Halloween. Congrats of release day!! Wishing you many sales. I will run over to your site to check out The Rebel Wife.

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  9. Interesting blog, Donna! I’m always fascinated by the paranormal. Your book sounds like a wonderful read…

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  10. Spooooooky stuff! I’m not really into ghosts, but they’ve started wiggling their way into my stories. Like you, Donna, I hope I only meet nice ghosts. 😉

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  11. Hi Donna – Civil War POW camps allegedly had very bad conditions (Andersonville was notorious for that), so I’m not surprised that there is paranormal activity at them. I’ve never seen anything ‘paranormal’ myself either, but my imagination sure does run wild! Your book looks interesting – I hope you have lots of sales.

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  12. Looks really interesting!

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  13. Chilling post, Donna! And your new book sounds right up my alley. I’ve been to Fort Delaware a couple of times. Not at night, though, but some male reenactors who stayed there overnight reported strange occurrences. I do believe in restless spirits!

    Best of luck with your new release!

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  14. Hey there, Susan, good to hear from a fellow CW writer :). I can only hope my book does as well as yours have. I’d rub your head for good luck if I could …

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  15. Pretty book cover. Sounds like a great story. Since there are so many deaths I am sure a lot of energy lingers in all of those places. Would sure be interesting to visit but; only during the day. LOL.
    Sue B

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  16. You did an excellent job on the research, Donna. I’m certain the Rebel Wife will do well!

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  17. Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments. And thank you, Beth for having me guest post on your blog. I’m blessed to have such supportive friends. Slainte.

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  18. Awesome, thought provoking post! I love this period in American history and thank God I didn’t have to live it. Your book sounds wonderful. Not only do I think I’d love it, but I’m recommending it to my mom who has a new (used) Nook and is just now getting into e-books. I think she’ll love it too.

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  19. Thanks, Lilly. My mom got a Nook for Christmas last year and has really enoyed it. Took her a while to get used to the “technology” but she loves the ease of downloading books whenever she wants without having to leave home. I hope you and she enjoy The Rebel Wife. Thanks again for the wonderful comment.

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