Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The battle boosted the reputation of Andrew Jackson and helped to propel him to the White House. The anniversary of the battle was celebrated for many years.
Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia:
The battle was fought December 11-15, 1862, in and around Fredericksburg Virginia, between General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. The union army's futile frontal assaults on December 13 against entrenched confederate defenders on the heights behind the city is remembered as one of the most one-sided battles of the American Civil War, with Union casualties more than twice as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates.
1,284 were killed, 9,600 wounded and 1,769 captured/missing.
608 were killed, 4,116 wounded and 653 captured/missing.
1,844 were killed, 9,077 wounded and 1,816 captured/missing.
Local legend has it that she fell out of the window of the Gravekeeper's house, Garthright House. Her little ghost is often seen in the window of the house or just waking or running around the lonely cemetery. she often appears sometimes happy sometimes sad and crying.
Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro Tennessee:
The battle was fought from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863, in Middle Tennessee, as the culmination of the Stones River Campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Of the major battles of the Civil War, Stones River had the highest percentage of casualties on both sides. Although the battle itself was inconclusive, the Union Army's repulse of the two Confederate attacks and subsequent Confederate withdrawal were a much needed boost to Union morale after the defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg, and it dashed Confederate aspirations for control of Middle Tennessee.
Union Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans's Army of the Cumberland marched from Nashville, Tennessee, on December 26, 1862, to challenge General Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee at Murfreesboro. On December 31, each army commander planned to attack his opponent's right flank, but Bragg struck first. A massive assault by the corps Maj. Gen. William J. Hardee, followed by that of Leonidas Polk, overran the wing commanded by Maj. Gen. Alexander M. McCook. A stout defense by the division of Brig. Gen. Philip Sheridan in the right center of the line prevented a total collapse and the Union assumed a tight defensive position backing up to the Nashville Turnpike. Repeated Confederate attacks were repulsed from this concentrated line, most notably in the cedar "Round Forest" salient against the brigade of Col. William B. Hazen. Bragg attempted to continue the assault with the corps of Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, but the troops were slow in arriving and their multipile piecemeal attacks failed.
Fighting resumed on January 2, 1863, when Bragg ordered Breckinridge to assault the well-fortified Union position on a hill to the east of the Stones River. Faced with overwhelming artillery, the Confederates were repulsed with heavy losses. Aware that Rosecrans was receiving reinforcements, Bragg chose to withdraw his army on January 3 to Tullahoma, Tennessee.
1,677 were killed, 7,543 wounded and 3,686 captured/missing.
1,294 were killed, 7,945 wounded and 2,500 captured/missing.
Many people report feeling sorrow when they walk onto the battlefield, they also claim to see soldiers walking around, some say they could hear battle cries.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Aokigahara Forest, Japan:
Also known as the Sea of Trees is a 35 km forest that lies at the north west base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations.
The forest, which has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, is a popular place for suicides; in 2002, 78 bodies were found, despite numerous signs, in Japanese and English, urging people to reconsider their actions. Due to the wind-blocking density of the trees, and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being eerily quiet.
It is reportedly the worlds second most popular suicide location after San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. This popularity is often attributed to the 1960 novel Nami no To (Tower of Waves) by Seicho Matsumoto, which ends with two lovers committing suicide in the forest. However, the history of suicide in Aokigahara predates the novel's publication, and the place has long been associated with death: (Ubasute) which is the practice of taking elderly people to an isolated area and leaving them there to die either from dehydration, starvation or exposure.) May have been practiced there into the 19th century, and the forest is reputedly haunted by the ghosts of those left to die.
There are no reliable statistics counting total or average body count in the forest. In 2002, 78 bodies were found within the forest, replacing the previous record of 73 in 1998. In 2003, the rate climbed to 100, and in recent years, the local government has stopped publicizing the numbers in an attempt to downplay Aokigahara's association with suicide. In 2004, 108 people killed themselves in the forest. In 2010, 247 people attempted suicide in the forest; 54 of whom completed the act.
The annual body search, consisting of a small army of police, volunteers, and attendant journalists, began in 1970.
It is said to be very haunted by the lost souls, and that if you go there to visit you cant rule out seeing a shadow or the form of a person run by past the corner of your eye. Its even said that through out the whole forest you wont hear one sound from an animal or birds chirping, pretty weird if you ask me.
It shoud be noted that there are more pictures of this forest, however because of the disturbing nature of them I cannot and in respect to the dead will not post them here, if you are felling brave enough however you can type the forest name in your search box and if you have clicked on the right link you will find the R-rated photos, however if you click on the wrong ones you will find regular pics of the forest.
Be warned they are very disturbing and you might not be able to forget what you have seen. I know I can't.
Leap Castle, Ireland:
Built in the 15th century by the O'Bannon family. The O'Bannons were the "secondary chieftains" of the territory, and were subject to the ruling O'Carroll clan.
Some where along the line the O' Carroll clan got the castle, which was then inturn partially demolished in 1516 by Gerald FitzGerald, however it was taken back by the O'Carrolls, are you confused yet, cause I am.
Following the death of Mulrooney O'Carroll in 1532, family struggles plagued the O'Carroll clan. A fierce rivalry for the leadership erupted within the family. The bitter fight for power turned brother against brother. One of the brothers was a priest. The O'Carroll priest was holding mass for a group of his family (in what is now called the "Bloody Chapel"). While he was chanting the holy rites, his rival brother burst into the chapel, plunged his sword into his brother and fatally wounded him. The butchered priest fell across the altar and died in front of his family.
In 1659, the castle passed by marriage into the ownership of the Darby family, notable memebers of which included Vice-Admiral George Darby, Admiral Sir Henry D'Esterre Darby and John Nelson Darby. However the castle was burned in the Irish Civil War in 1922.
So if you decide to visit the castle be warned and try to stay away from "It" I'm sure you'll be just fine.
Monday, November 7, 2011
What is it about cemeteries that gets us curious, or for some of us, scared ?. Could it be their history or maybe the long lost soul's who inhabit them either way, we all find them fascinating and maybe even a little weird.
Here you'll find America's top spooky cemeteries along with some weird and interesting photo's. Hope you enjoy.
St. Louis Cemetery #1 is said to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in Louisiana.