Ghosts : 150 Years Later
In nearly two and half centuries of U.S. history, no single event claimed more American lives than the Civil War. Each bayonet brandished, bullet fired and cannon detonated was fixed to kill an American after all.Recent adjustments count American Civil War deaths at roughly 750,000, outpacing any other U.S. military engagement by a long shot.
Take the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates of the 116,516 and 405,399 American casualties, and their combined 521,915 deaths are still greatly eclipsed by Civil War losses. In fact, by taking another step and tossing in American deaths (battle and non-theatre) from the American Revolution (4,435). Amid such unimaginable destruction, emotional suffering and physical torment, it's no surprise that many Civil War sites are heralded as paranormal hotspots today. It certainly fits the mold of prevailing paranormal theory that so many grizzly deaths in one location may fuel the likelihood of a haunting. Prolific casualties at sites make them stand out as testing grounds for this theory. With an estimated 51,000 deaths, the Battle of Gettysburg stands ahead of the pack in terms of lives lost. While the Battle of Antietam's claim-to-fame - an estimated 23,100 battlefield deaths in a single day - are formidable and represent the most blood shed in a single day of American battle, the sheer immensity of losses makes it hands down the bloodiest battle in American history.