Ghosts of Fort Pillow

October 31, 2006

The Commercial Appeal conjures up a story of a Memphis-based ghost hunter who, with a bag of technology, came to the remains of Fort Pillow to investigate stories of ghostly Union soldiers who still haunt the battlefield. Late in the war, Fort Pillow was manned by many black soldiers, who were infamously massacred by troops led by Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The results? Don Kopcial claims he recorded spectral voices holding this revealing conversation:

“Are you ready?”


“We need to go.”

If anyone wishes to do ghost busting here, it would be the latter day defenders of the Lost Cause, who wish they could exorcise this blot from the record of the Wizard of the Saddle.

Memphis Commercial Appeal – Memphis’ Source for News and Information: Local

Holy Ghosts

October 31, 2006

A 189-year-old apparition known as the Bell Witch poses no threat to the Christian beliefs of residents of Adams, where “Kate” has bedeviled residents and ghostbusting visitors, most famously Andrew Jackson, since 1817.

The Tennessean constructs a Halloween story around a Baylor University study that revealed some Christians possess a combination of faith coupled with a belief in haunted houses. In the South, according to the article, fewer people believe in most paranormal phenomena–astrology, Bigfoot, Ouija boards, and the like–than the rest of the country.  Southerners do, however, believe that houses can be haunted by ghosts or demons. According to the article, 23 percent of Southerners say they have visited or lived in a place that is haunted. 

Locals in Springfield and Robertson Counties stress that the presence of a ghost fits in with their Biblical beliefs–the Bible has several accounts of demons.  And besides, Kate–whether you believe in her or not–is great for tourism.

Baylor University || Institute for Studies of Religion || BSR-Baylor Surveys of Religion

Christians can believe in Bell Witch, town says – Nashville, Tennessee – Tuesday, 10/31/06 –