Fort Sumter

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Fort Sumter is said to be haunted by a soldier’s ghost. On April 13, Union Army Major Robert Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter to the Confederates. He ordered a final 100-gun salute to the Union flag, and on the 47th shot, a gun misfired and killed Union Soldier Daniel Hough. Since then, witnesses have seen the ghost of a Union soldier or smelling smoke and gunpowder. Interestingly, the Fort Sumter that Daniel Hough was saluting when he was killed developed a faded area that looks like a man’s face with a Union cap resembling Daniel Hough.

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1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
United States

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32.752364866156725, -79.87472748704022
Charleston County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Sullivans Island, SC (2.3 mi.)
Mount Pleasant, SC (3.0 mi.)
Charleston, SC (3.7 mi.)
Isle of Palms, SC (5.2 mi.)
Folly Beach, SC (7.7 mi.)
North Charleston, SC (12.2 mi.)
Shell Point, SC (13.7 mi.)
Hanahan, SC (14.3 mi.)
Kiawah Island, SC (15.8 mi.)
Goose Creek, SC (18.3 mi.)

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  1. I took my mom to Charleston for Mother’s Day and because she is a Civil War buff, we went to Ft Sumter. 2 things happened that day. First, as we walked in, both of us felt an immediate very strong physical aversion to going anywhere close to the black building in the center. Both of us felt physically ill looking at it. Needless to say, we kept to the perimeter of the fort. We strolled around, with the sense that the edge of the island is most definitely hallowed but that the center was malignant? Dark? Evil maybe. As we turned to go back to the boat, in a recess near a cannon port, there stood a Confederate soldier. At first I thought my mind was playing tricks on me, but after staring for a least a minute, the apparition was still there. I asked my mom if she saw what I was seeing. She replied that she didn’t SEE anything, but pointed to the exact spot the soldier stood and said she felt something. The soldier then tipped his hat to us and disappeared. It was most definitely a Confederate uniform, not Union. He wore a yellow sash and had gold braid on his hat. I got the impression that HE was surprised that I saw HIM.

  2. We went to the fort this past weekend when we were in Charleston for our son’s graduation from Navy schooling, and immediately upon setting foot inside the fort, I was overcome with an intense feeling of evil. It didn’t feel like it was something having to do with the Civil War itself; it felt older, more sinister. I sat down on a bench that faced the battery, and immediately started becoming overwhelmed with an absolutely sense of dread and something far beyond evil. I couldn’t help myself but to start crying heavily and couldn’t shake the feeling. Just knew something truly evil happened there. War happens and this wasn’t from war, it was something much deeper. I didn’t calm down until we physically left the fort and were back on the boat. That ground may be hallowed, but it isn’t necessarily in a good way. I won’t ever go back there. I felt like my soul was being sucked from my body. It made me physically and mentally ill. Never again.

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