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up in the back of my neck. My friend has recently passed away, but whenever we talked on the phone we always recounted this experience.
Submitted by Rich


       Categories: tapping, eyes, drum, battle, alley


We were two families in Gettysburg, tenting at Artillery Ridge Campground. That weekend we toured the battlefield extensively, attended a giant reenactment, and rode on horseback over the field of Pickett's Charge. That Sunday marked the end of the re-enactor events. The roads out of Gettysburg were jammed with cars, campers, horse trailers, and even a heavy-duty flatbed truck-trailer rig with four ''Napoleon'' cannons chained to the top. By 8 o'clock the town was deserted. Our two families, tenting under a large shade tree were virtually the only guests still at the campground. We hit the sleeping bags early. I dozed off at around 10 pm. It was around midnight when I awoke to the sound of a great multitude cheering. It sounded as if a sports stadium was located right nearby, with a full crowd cheering constantly. There was the sound of a drum roll too, no rhythm, just drums rolling endlessly.
    
It was about midnight. Surely there would not be a reenactment in the early morning hours. It dawned on me what I was hearing when my friend in the next tent asked ''are they holding a re-enactment in the middle of the night?'' I replied, ''No, I think that's the 1863 battle. '' Both families came out of their tents. My friend's two kids and his wife were standing and listening. So was my wife. The sound was superbly clear. And it was, without any doubt, the sound of human voices, and a long drum roll. Some of the party thought they heard the snapping and popping of musketry, a sound we had come to know very well that weekend. I did not hear the muskets, but I heard the neighing and screaming of horses.

So as we stood around under a crystal clear starry sky, the sounds went on and on. Fatigue won out over fascination. While the sounds of the battle still raged, I went back to the tent and fell right asleep. An hour later I awoke with a start. The cheering was continuing, but I had had enough and went back to sleep and slept until dawn. During the cheering I made a tour of the park but did not find a public address system or speakers of any kind. No one else was there to make the noise. Across the street was Cemetery Ridge. There were no nearby stadiums or arenas. The park was closed and empty -- at least of the living.

This was actually the second time I had heard the drums and the cheering. I had camped at Artillery Ridge years before and woke up to the sounds of cheering and a long drum roll. My wife and daughter did not wake up, and I assumed that I was hearing some kind of July 4 weekend sports event. The second time I had no doubts but plenty of witnesses. I wonder if anyone else has encountered this ghostly sound of battle.
Submitted by Brian

Comment by Me: I will be going back to Gettysburg this summer - give me exact location please.
 

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