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The Ghosts of Gettysburg
 

 
After the great battle
Back in July of 1863
The dead lay scattered
All over Baltimore Street

The Ladies wore handkerchiefs
To cover the smell of decay
Scented with Peppermint fragrance
And Vanilla pressed against their face

'Phantom Smells of Baltimore Street'
They still remain today
A walk through Gettysburg
Always smells that way

At Gettysburg College
Signs of battle all over the place
A school to gain Knowledge
But it isn't all that remains

In Pennsylvania Hall
Now known as the Old Dorm
It has a tower standing tall
Where Generals watched the war

Two students saw something shadowy
Is someone trapped in the old tower?
The figure gestured to them wildly
One student called to it at this late hour

The yells and calls went unanswered
But must have spooked the entity
It seconds the ghost disappeared
Campus security found it empty

In the basement of the Old Dorm
Then the sight of a field hospital
Where the wounded were scored
A place so horrific and despicable

Today it's just a storage room
Blood covered walls replaced with lore
Two college employees were off work
They were on the Fourth Floor

Two teachers leaving for the night
Made their way to the elevator
Pushing a button in the light
Going down to the first level

Instead of going to it's destination
The elevator passed the first floor
Mysteriously stopped at the basement
And the lift opened its doors

The storage room was not there
An operating room stood before them
Civil War doctors did their chores
Wounded men scattered on the floor

Surgeons and orderlies in bloody clothes
All attending to the dying men
Everything was in complete silence
A Spectral Orderly looked at them

They were horrified and stunned
Desperately trying to close the door
Repeatedly pushing at the buttons
The orderly seemed to ask for help

Thousands of soldiers lost their lives
In the bloody Battle of Gettysburg
Some wore blue and some wore gray
Some still haunt Gettysburg to this day

(Originally written in 2012. I did some edits and rewrote this hauntingly true story.)

By mikemezz

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