|For most SSP members, Gettysburg is only a 30-40 min. drive. Since formed in 1996 as Capital Ghost
Forum, countless hours have been spent investigating the town & surrounding National Park. This
effort has yielded a wealth of photos, EVP & video documenting paranormal activity. Our plan with the
new SSP site involves adding the most interesting evidence weâ€™ve obtained over the last 10 years.
(Follow Links at the bottom for Stories, Photos & EVP from different parts of the Battlefield)
â€œ...but it was evident that a large number of the men who had passed us moments before in the flush of
health and youth had gone on forever.â€� - Private William H. Warren, Historian of the 17th CT Volunteers
Gettysburg. The largest battle ever fought on the North American continent. Casualty totals - particularly on the Confederate side -
vary greatly, but it is generally accepted over 6,000 were killed during the 3 days. Many more would perish in the weeks afterward as
the town and surrounding countryside became "A Vast Sea of Misery" (as author Greg Coco appropriately named his excellent book
on the post-battle field hospitals) Can you think of a place more likely to be haunted?
Like so many people, something tugged at the soul of John Weaver when he first visited the battlefield in the early 1960s. Childhood
fascination with Devils Den and climbing observation towers eventually gave way to exploring lesser known areas of the field. The
history attracted him, but he knew there was something else there - something felt, but unseen. (An unexplained and intense cold spot
experienced by John while walking the route of Pickett's assault on a hot July 3 in the early 1980s confirmed there were strange things
that happen here) In 1989, John met Kelly, who of course is now his wife. A common interest they shared was the paranormal and
he first took her to Gettysburg the following year. One of the places they visited was Iverson's Pits, out on Oak Ridge. She had "felt"
many things in many areas that day, but when visiting this spot, some strange details came to mind. She told him of feeling a young
man, a first name only - "Jimmy". Kelly then stunned John when she said he was from "Durrim". Having told Kelly nothing about
who fought and died at the spot, the way she pronounced the city of Durham in the manner of a native North Carolinian was an early
confirmation of her ability to connect with the "Other Side". (Approx. 300 members of Alfred Iverson's Brigade were killed here, led
directly into an entrenched unseen Federal line; until several years after the battle, they lie buried in long shallow trenches - "pits" -
that marked their last formation.)
In 1991, a year after Kelly's first visit to Gettysburg, they were excited to learn of a new book, Ghosts of Gettysburg written by a
former Park Ranger, Mark Nesbitt. Given what she revealed there, it pleased us to find a story on Iverson's Pits included. We soon
met Mark for the first time, on a bus tour of haunted sites sponsored by a local college. While walking the once bloody fields that
blustery March afternoon, he emphasized that with farm workers on the land owned by John Forney being terrified of the spot after
the battle, that this became the source of the very first ghost stories to emerge from Gettysburg. Mark's superb book added a new
dimension to the historic town and battlefield -- the paranormal. Its popularity spawned 4 additional volumes, ghost tours based on
his books, books and tours by competitors and crowds flocking to the battlefield at night in hopes of seeing an apparition themselves.
As interest in the spirit world blossomed through the internet, Kelly and John Weaver started the Capital Ghost Forum in 1996. Its
proximity offers great opportunities for investigation, despite the fact that certain areas can be overrun with thrillseekers who only
want a scare and care little about the hallowed ground they walk upon. Effective investigations and gathering of evidence is not
conducive to large crowds, thus we suggest members minimize their numbers on the battlefield. As a group and as individuals, we've
learned a lot about ghosthunting over the past 12 years, thanks to these hallowed grounds in Adams County.
There are several places on the battlefield where Kelly's (and other sensitives) ability to connect with the other side seems to draw a
regular "crowd". John often says that she is used as "bait" to stimulate activity, and we have collected considerable evidence over the
years to substantiate this. Along with re-enactors, another form of "bait" we have used is Brutus, the American Bulldog of the late Ed
Dubil, who regularly drove over 100 miles from the Wilkes-Barre area with his father Ed Sr. It seems the spirits, who as soldiers more
often than not had dogs as beloved regimental mascots, easily connect with this handsome, gentle canine. There is someone else who,
being sensitive to the energies here, that we must recognize: The late Cecil Downing, lovingly known to our group as "Uncle Cece".
Kelly's great uncle, Cecil (shown in photo below) was a Master Dowser who found nearly 1000 wells prior to his death at age 78 in
2002. He was also her mentor, helping her to understand her own "gift". It was fascinating to watch as his dowsing rods showed the
real location of the 20th Maine's left flank, the exact spot where General Reynolds was killed or the heightened areas of energy in the
Triangular Field. Anyone who had the privilege of being with him on the battlefield will never forget it.
|The SSP at GETTYSBURG
A tradition since 1996 - Please observe
all NPS rules when on the Battlefield;
Be respectful of this hallowed ground
and grant the spirits who dwell here
the dignity they deserve!
Left: 73rd NY (2nd Fire Zouaves) Monument on
Excelsior Field at sunset (Photo by JDW)
|G-burg Page Links -NEW'09 2007-08 PICS/EVP HERBST'S WOODS/RR CUT
IVERSON'S PIT'S ROSE WOODS FARNSWORTH'S CHARGE
VARIOUS LOCATIONS JENNIE WADE HOUSE
|Left: Kelly Weaver with her Great-Uncle and Mentor,
Cecil Downing in the Triangular Field in 1997.
Although he passed on in 2002, "Uncle Cec's" Spirit is
always with us!
|SSP MEMBERS CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS TRIBUTE
Rt: CDV of Kelly Weaver's G-G-G-Uncle, Capt. John B. Dibeler, Co. B, 45th PA.
Mustered in July 1862, he saw action in virtually every major eastern engagement
except Gettysburg, (The 9th Corps was sent west after Fredericksburg to assist in
Grant's siege of Vicksburg, returning east in time for the Wilderness.) Capt. Dibeler
survived the war , serving for the duration (he was captured at Petersburg on July 30,
1864, and escaped March 1865). Kelly and I have walked in his footsteps near
Burnsides Bridge at Antietam.
Lt: Photo of the late Ed Dubil jr's G-G-Grandfather, Allen Puterbaugh, who was at
Gettysburg with PA Independent Battery C, Thompsons Light Artillery and was
nearly overrun in the Peach Orchard. Enlisting in Aug 1861, he saw action in vitually
every major eastern engagement from Fair Oaks to the fall of Petersburg. Ed lives in
the house built by his GG Grandfather and G-Grandfather. Ed's G G Uncle,
Alexander Puterbaugh, also served the Union.