Sacred Ground-Part 24

The terrain began a sharp downhill plunge to a road and then up the other side to a very high hill.  There was a bridge on our road that went over this lower road. Once over the bridge we followed the Park Service Road. We went around a curve and there was a house situated on a high hill. It was the Otto House and across the road was the Sherrick House. Both of these houses were here during the battle.

otto houseThe Otto house is the only place that a ghost has been seen on the battlefield. She is always in a blue dress and has been seen by more than a few people over the years. It was related to me that two new Park Rangers were checking on this area of the park about twilight one night and saw her. They took out running and didn’t look back. They didn’t want anyone to think they were crazy so they kept the incident to themselves.  One of the rangers began asking one of the older rangers if anyone ever saw spirits in the park.  The old ranger got the feeling that the young ranger had seen something and point blank asked him what had happened. When the young ranger had related the twilight apparition, the old ranger said with an air of nonchalance, “Oh, you saw the Blue Lady. She had been seen by a lot of people. No big deal”.

Needless to say the young ranger was relieved he wasn’t going to be considered crazy.

We continued on to the parking lot for the Burnside Bridge. Now begins the story of what could have been the end of the Civil War in the east.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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