Sydney Grimlett was a British Civil War volunteer fighting for the Confederates. In 1864, he was struck by cannon shrapnel in the leg. By the time he had arrived at the hospital (now the Auburn University Chapel), his leg had already become gangrenous. During the operation to amputate his leg, he bled to death.
No hauntings were reported until the Auburn Players (the university’s theater group) began to perform at the chapel. It is theorized that Grimlett was brought back due to the amount of emotional energy produced by the Auburn Players. The first noted hauntings included items being moved, odd whistling in the attic, the sound of someone tapping one foot, and strange, floating lights.