In 1759, the Battle of Fort Niagara took place between the British and the French and Native Americans for two weeks. Even despite the battle going on, two Frenchmen began to fight over the attention of a beautiful young woman. Their duel resulted in the winner decapitating his opponent with his sword. The severed head bounced on the surrounding cobblestone, and fell into a well.
In May, 1876, General George Custer marched with his 600 troops from Fort Abraham Lincoln to fight the Sioux tribe. The residents of the area waved farewell to the General and his army. While doing so, they witnessed roughly half of the soldiers ride off into the sky mysteriously as the other half stayed behind in the proper position. They took it as an omen of impending doom. On June 25th at the Battle of Little Bighorn, Custer and 264 of his troops (which was about half of the troops that marched out of Fort Abraham Lincoln) were killed by the Sioux Nation.
During the Civil War, Fort Lincoln was the site of the abuse and mistreatment of several Confederate soldiers who were imprisoned there. They were often kept in small tents in wet and filthy conditions. Over 4,000 Confederate soldiers died at the fort in the course of two years, either of disease or of abuse.
Fort William Henry is haunted by Tarratine Native American chief Taukolexis who was murdered at the fort by English soldiers. Legend has it that in July, 1696 that the chief poured his soul into the tree that he was to be hanged from. Ever since his execution, he has appeared as a misty white light. Now, both tourists and employees at Fort William Henry have reported odd light that comes from the front gate and moves towards the tree that Taukolexis was hung from.
Fort De Chartes was built in 1756 for King Louis XV, though he never actually got a chance to use it. The fort’s first paranormal encounter was in 1889, and the last one to be reported was in 1989. On every July 4th that falls on a Friday, a ghostly funeral procession begins between 11:00 PM and midnight. The procession includes around forty wagons, twenty-six soldiers on horseback, and a casket laying flat on a wagon. It is believed that the body is of a prominent person who was murdered. The next July 4th that is a Friday is in 2014.
Years ago, road work was being done around Fort Dearborn. The workers unearthed bodies that dated back to the early 1800s. Ever since, there have been reports of apparitions of pioneers and settlers.
Fort St. Simons is haunted by a ghost capable of speaking Cherokee, German, Latin, and Spanish named Dr. Christian Priber, the self-proclaimed prime minister of the Republic of Paradise. When he arrived on America’s East Coast in 1736, he joined a tribe of Cherokee Native Americans. Eventually, he demanded that all of America’s colonists leave. Priber was arrested for insurgency in 1743, and was sent to Fort St. Simons for imprisonment. He died there years later. Now, his ghost lingers around, talking in several different tongues.
The area surrounding Fort Clark has had reports of a ghostly woman asking for a ride. She touches the driver, then disappears. Her identity has remained unknown for decades.
Fort Humboldt is haunted by a former post commander who died of malaria in 1859. His apparition can be seen looking out the window of the fort’s hospital. Activity includes large, heavy objects being moved across the floor at night, lights turning on and off, objects and falling. Such occurrences started being reported during the 1950s, and began happening on a regular basis after 1993.
During the mid-1800s, the cavalry were stationed at Camp Ripley to fight the Native Americans. Now, the U.S. Army’s soldiers have seen apparitions of these troops riding up and down the surrounding area in full battle dress with flags, and the sounds of bugles.
Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri is known for being extremely haunted. The apparition of a little boy has been seen coming out at night to salute the helicopter on the academy’s grounds, only to disappear. A different little boy once hung himself in the scholastic building’s lower level as a way to escape being beaten and hazed. The bell tower, which had large amounts of activity, closed down for reconstruction.
The Marine Corps Barracks is haunted by the corps’ first commandant, Captain Samuel Nicholas. His spirit has been seen returning to his quarters periodically. Paranormal activity includes rustling of papers and the sound of pacing around almost deliberately.