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Initial post: Jun 22, 2009 8:51:09 AM PDT
If you like to learn about Ciil War myths in Virginia and even myths of famous Civil War Virginians like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, you might enjoy Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales.
Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths, and True Tales

What myths and legends of the War between the States is in your state?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2009 9:12:05 AM PDT
KingTut says:
Hi Pam,

I have not heard much in my home state of Va.; however, I have read about ghost regiments being heard at the Gettysburg battlefield. Supposedly, people claim they have awoken in the night and can hear the noise of soldiers running, and battle sounds. When I was at Gettysburg summer 2008, the new visitor center had one tour at night where people claim they have seen Civil War apparitions.
A friend of mine here where I work told me about an experience that a friend of his had at the old Gettysburg visitor center and it happened in broad daylight. His friend was in the hallway getting ready to exit the building when he saw a Confederate soldier come in and the soldier gave him a smirking grin.
When he exited the building, his family was standing out front waiting for him and he asked them did they see the "re-enactment" soldier. They looked at him puzzled and said that nobody had entered that building.
I have also heard that Antietam has similar haunts and I asked one of the rangers at that visitor center and he shrugged it off and did not believe in that kind of thing.

I will check out the web site you posted. It is an interesting subject, but I don't much believe in it either. I believe it is more that I don't want to believe it! It is a little scarey.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 6:26:06 AM PDT
Oh, there is loads of haunting tales to do with battlefields in Virginia. Like Cold Harbor. Williamsburg, etc...

Pamela K. Kinney

Be prepared to take a journey into Pamela K. Kinney's fantastic dreams of horror, science fiction and fantasy, plus the ghosts and legends of two nonfiction ghost book, Haunted Richmond, Virginia and Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 9:44:16 AM PDT
KingTut says:
Hi Pam,
I am also from Va., born and raised in Roanoke. I went to college at VCU, so I am also a RAM!

I will check these sites out, but I don't much believe in that stuff. Especially anything about Lee and Jackson, that would imply "hauntings".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2009 6:54:45 AM PDT
Jason Owen says:
Pam -

Check out "The Ghosts of Lone Jack" by Lance Lee Noel. It is a fact / fiction book about the battle
of Lone Jack in MO back in 1862. It is a great read, and a lot of fun. It is a book about the myth's of Ghosts being seen in the town and on the battle field. It was the bloodiest battle in MO. It is a YA book, but I am 40 and love it.

J Owen

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2010 5:07:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2010 5:12:21 PM PST
I got a picture of the famous White Lady Ghost of Avenel while filming my documentary in 2003. The picture is included in this documentary, the last thing on disc 2.

Portrait of a Plantation 2009

This is not a hoax. Believe me. I took the picture, and there was no one there, at the time. I had cleared the porch specifically to get a shot of the house...

She showed up in the photograph, but was invisible to us at the time!

George Roland Wills

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2010 5:11:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2010 5:21:45 PM PST
I am from Roanoke, Virginia. Born in Roanoke Memorial. You know about Avenel House... Did you ever see her? Want to? Here she is! For real!

Portrait of a Plantation 2009

Or, just get on the list at the Bedford Central Library to check it out. DVD 812 POR. It has been in the library since November 2009 (It replaced the 2003 version, which did NOT have the ghost photo... and that video was checked out 55 times, itself!!!) You may have to wait a while, though...there were 14 "holds" (reserve requests) on this new version, last I checked, and two are still to be filled...

I also did:
Up From Slavery - Booker T.'s Birthplace (Winter)

Up From Slavery - Booker T.'s Birthplace (Summer)


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 12:06:42 PM PDT
KingTut says:
George, I am also from Roanoke, Va. If you don't mind me asking, did you go to high school in Roanoke? There were several "Wills" who played football w/ my older brothers, Steve and I believe a George as well.
Also, my great-great grandfather, great-great uncles, and most of their in-laws were in the Va. 57th, Company B. My great-great grandfather survived Cold Harbor, Antetiam, Petersburg, Gettysburg (captured at) Pickett's charge, and was at the big ending at Appomattox. He lived til 1907. I have a picture of him, and I would bet he took down many a yankee!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 12:32:32 PM PDT
King Tut;

I went to Liberty High School, graduated 1980. It was named for the Village of Liberty, Thomas Jefferson's favorite place to visit! My brother graduated from Lord Botetourt in 1982, and I was working on Roanoke City PD, second platoon, district 4 (near Salem). I'd like to see the picture of your ancestor. I am sure he did whack a number of them! There were so many to choose from!

I don't send out hard copies of the ghost picture because there are those good Christian rebels who think that ghosts are demons or evil spirits. I can prove Biblically where they aren't any such thing, but the hardshell among us (LOL!) will have none of it!

Don't know a Steve Wills. My cousin Stacey went to PH, but that would be the only one. My dad's people are from Bedford County. Mom was from Big Lick!

Thanks for writing!


Posted on Mar 16, 2010 12:46:03 PM PDT
aLocher says:
Tut: I am sure you know, but at Gettysburg the 57th Virginia was part of Armistead's brigade, the only part of Pickett's charge to reach the stone wall. That is history!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 1:01:53 PM PDT
Indeed, but it is nice to see it in print! Thank you. I have a good friend named Dennis Cole who portrays General 'Lo' Armistead. His brother Ron, also a good friend, is General Garnett. Vuh-gin-ya, suh! Most definitely, Virginia!


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 1:08:06 PM PDT
KingTut says:
A. L. I can't believe what that man went thru and survived til 1907. At Gettysburg, he was part of the prisoner exchange and made it back to Va. I suppose he outlasted most because their company was called the "sharpshooters".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 1:10:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2010 1:11:01 PM PDT
There were some tough old boys, to be sure! Modern Yanks still don't know what to make of them!
Walking the six hours home (it takes me at 70 miles per hour) from Gettysburg would have taken me out!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 1:12:39 PM PDT
KingTut says:
Geo, I put your book on my wish list, is the picture of the ghost in the book? I'm a good ole Christian Rebel, but don't have any hardcore beliefs about what a good ghost should be or not be..... I have a picture I took of a spirit myself and didn't even notice it til someone else pointed it out to me! It was one of those friendly southwestern spirits taken at Monument Valley, Utah. But that is another story!
I received your DVD about Jeff Davis, will be watching it tonight. Will let you know what I think, I am sure it will be intriguing. Tut!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 2:01:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2010 2:03:43 PM PDT
King Tut;

As Bartyles and James used to say, "Thank you for your support"!

Portrait of a Plantation is a 2 DVD set, like The Great Sacrifice of President Jefferson Davis. The Ghost picture is the very last thing on the second disc, before the credits roll. I show the original unedited master Digital8 tape sequence, and then do a freeze on the image.

The still photo was taken on seven seconds of moving tape on a SONY DCR-TRV 250 camera, in the days before memory sticks... You can hear us mumbling in the background and me crunching through the leaves as the image is shown in the actual still photo, as the original soundtrack (of our voices) plays

I then show the photograph in black and white, sepia, as a negative, in hard light, in extreme magnification, extreme cropping, and finally mirror image.

I then have Lisa Kuhnley (Varina Davis in Great Sacrifice) read from Lettie's diary while the photo is being displayed.

Here is the website for it:

The Jefferson Davis video was filmed on location in Richmond at the White House, at St Paul's in Davis' actual pew, by Little Joe's grave in Hollywood Cemetery (where Davis is now) and Niagara Falls, where Davis went after he was released.

You might recognize Davis' 'home in Mississippi in 1845..." It is Spring Grove Farm Plantation in Appomattox, where Joe and Emily Sayers graciously gave us their antebellum home for two days. The home is old enough to have actually staged the wedding of Varina Howell Davis and Jefferson Finis Davis!

Their daughter, Laura, played Sarah Knox Taylor Davis, the daughter of the president, who married Davis. Laura Sayers is a dead ringer for Sarah, just as Chip Addison (from Roanoke, Va.; and a Showtimer's actor!) is a dead ringer for Davis in 1832.

I hope you enjoy the video~! It is word for word from history, taken from books and period writings... when possible


Posted on Jun 7, 2010 9:46:08 PM PDT
DickStanley. says:
One of the myths/legends of the little known Battle of Fort Sanders, at Knoxville, TN in 1863, was that the moat/ditch around the unfinished four-point star, red-clay fort, which swallowed most of the late-war remnants of three attacking Confederate regiments, was full of water. It was actually full of snow and ice. It was just so deep that most of them couldn't get out of it.

You can read about it in my historical battle novel:
Knoxville 1863 $7.98 in paper
Knoxville 1863 $1.99 (for a limited time) on Kindle

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2010 11:37:16 PM PDT
ags4ever says:
State of Texas:

Dick Dowling and a force of less than 50 men fought off a massive Union landing attempt at the mouth of the Sabine River (Texas) in 1863 or so. forget the exact date. But they drove off the Union fleet not just once, but several times. A texas FACT. not legend.

Last battle of the War of Southern Independence was fought on Texas soil.

Not a Maine native, but one of the most heroic stories I've ever heard was the story of the 20th Maine's fight against Hood's 4th Texas Brigade on Little Round Top on July 2, 1863. It was hand-to-hand. 20th Maine ran out of ammunition defending their post. Major Joshua Chamberlin (sp?) ordered "Fix Bayonets!" and "Charge!" and swept the 4th Texas from the field. Major Chamberlin earned the Medal of Honor that day. Tough men (on both sides). good troops (again, on both sides). some consider that little fight the turning point of the Battle of Gettysburg, and, possibly, the entire war. Have read several versions of the fight. One written by Major Chamberlin. one by a 4th Texas soldier.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 12:25:03 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 20, 2014 8:54:51 AM PDT
Sherman was called "The Angel of the Lord" ,by the slaves during the "March to the sea".
The Angel of the Lord,is also called the Passover Angel. Tecumseh means Panther passing over the sky.
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