It is also the bloodiest single day battle in American history, with a combined total of 22,717 dead, wounded, or unaccounted for.
The battlefield is a haunting reminder of the tragedy of war and the bloody conflict that raged on American soil when brother fought against brother.
And there are other haunting aspects of this sacred soil. Numerous people report strange experiences on the battlefield. Whispered voices, phantom gunshots, the boom of cannon fire and ghostly apparitions of soldiers from another time.
Phantom drumming has been frequently reported on the battlefield and strange light anomalies have been seen by many witnesses over the years.
Bloody Lane, the site of some of the most intense fighting during the battle, is a hotspot of activity and is perhaps the most intense area of the battlefield overall. An observation tower lies at the end of the lane and offers a wide view of the site. From the tower, witnesses have seen strange things on the field including what they thought were civil war re-enactors who were there one moment, and gone the next.
The Union's famous Irish Brigade fought at Antietam and attacked the Confederate line at Bloody Lane. The Brigade lost over half of it's 1000 men during the assault. The intensity of this area has lead to many reports, including phantom voices shouting "Faugh-a-Balaugh," (clear the way), the Irish Brigade's Gaelic battle cry.
There's no doubt that the intensity of the battle, the suffering, and the resulting trauma unloaded a massive amount of energy and poured it into the land. This is a place that is forever scarred by what happened here and the residual energy alone likely accounts for many of the reports of haunted activity.
The Society of the Supernatural had a chance to conduct a rare, daytime investigation on an area of the battlefield. Check out the video below for a glimpse of what we captured.
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