Halloween is still pretty far, but that would not stop us from telling some spooky and chilling stories from the Civil War. The soldiers that fought in that conflict were long gone, at least in the physical world. However, there were many tales that those who perished were still with us, even when they were long gone.

We might be familiar with who fought the American Civil War, what they fought for, and how the war ended. But, not every one of us has heard of some chilling accounts. According to some tales, some of these perished souls were still fighting the war that was long over.

“Thank God, I’m Saved”

St. Peter’s Catholic Church is an elegant structure built with native stone and beautiful Tiffany windows with impressive marble inside. The church was built in the 1830s and was restored in 1889. The church sits high above Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia. To the locals and tourists, the place was known as one of the most haunted places that survived the Civil War era.

West Virginia, St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.
West Virginia, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. (NothereeitherCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

St. Peter’s served as a hospital for the wounded during the war. One time, a young Catholic soldier was brought to the church due to his wounds. However, his wounds did not look as severe as the others, so he was placed outside. Those with painful wounds and injuries were prioritized. He waited outside until sunset and as life slowly dripped away with every drop of his blood. When he was finally carried across the church’s threshold, he whispered weakly, “Thank God, I’m saved.”

However, the young soldier died.

Now at sunset, witnesses swore that sometimes, when the sun begins to set at the church’s threshold, they would hear a weak voice saying, “Thank God, I’m saved.”

The Ghost of Fort Jackson

The Old Fort Jackson is Georgia’s oldest standing brick fortification and is considered a National Historic Landmark. Not only was it rich in history but also some spooky stories.

Fort Jackson, Moat.
Fort Jackson, Moat. (MArcin K.CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

One of the most sighted ghosts of Old Fort Jackson was of a Confederate private named Patrick Garrity.