Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lee Cemetery, Just Down The Road From Scenic Vista Parki

I visited Scenic Vista Park yesterday to get a rough idea of what needs to be started on for the Ghost Walk on May 25.  Right before you reach the park entrance, you will find this little cemetery beside the road. 

 It is called Lee Cemetery, named after William Lee, who was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.  I would like to know a little more about them, including the story as to why they both died in 1828.  
 I liked the way the shadows were falling across the ground and stones so  took a lot of pictures of the area.  The picture up top is very creepy to me. Besides Lee, there are a lot of Ketchums buried here, too.

 This little stone sits by itself, the final resting place for little Willie, who was only 7 months old when he died in 1861.  I have not been to this little cemetery in several years.  The last time I was here, I was with my mom.  
500 feet down the road and you will find the entrance to Scenic Vista Park on the right.  We will be going past here a lot in the two months and I am sure we will be investigating this little cemetery!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 23 Grimms Bridge Tour Was A Great Time

 About 15 people showed up for the Grimms Bridge Tour and we had a great time.  The weather was perfect for the moderate hiking we did. 
We visited Locks 50 and 51 of the Sandy and Beaver Canal, Shears Mill, and the old Montour Railroad Train Tunnel.

 Crew members who helped out included Jon, Lisa, Brooke, Lance, and Sammi! 

Our next tour is April 7 at 2pm.  It is the Jakes Lock Walk and it is a long walk back to locks 37, 38, 39, and 40.  We also visit Heaps Fuller Mill remains and the foundations of 4 other old buildings.  Please come and join us!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 Jake and Esther Video Plans For G12P

 We have several videos we will be working on this year.  One is a new Jake the Night Watchman video.  We have a sexy new star for that and we are excited to add some of the different information we have found. 

David McElhaney will be playing Jake the Night Watchman
in our video this summer!  Please be on the look out for it!

We are also doing a new Esther Hale video.  With Ambers make-up expertise, we have found a new look for our version of Eshter Hale.  She is played by Brooke Mckinely, as always!

This is Brooke last year at our Ghost Walk for the Civil War Reenactment at the State Park!  This is what you will see in our new video and we are excited about it!  The fact that we are actually going to try our hand at a video rather than a slide show event is very exciting for us. 
There are other videos coming also, and you will find them here and on our YouTube channel!
Look for both videos later this summer!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dennis Martin-G12P's Newest Crew Member

Dennis Martin, of East Liverpool, is our newest G12P crew member! He loves history and greatly looks forward to working the Pottery Festival. He did an awesome job during the Grimms Bridge Tour, using the night vision camera for the day. We all look forward to working with him!! More information will be coming about Dennis in the coming months!

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Battle of Gettysburg-Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War


The above picture is an actual picture from the Battle of Gettysburg, fought on July 1-3, 1863. It is called "The Harvest of Death": Union dead on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, photographed July 5 or July 6, 1863, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

One of the battles featured on the Civil War Monumental Building at Riverview Cemetery, it is a battle that most people are familiar with. For those of us who are ghost hunters, it is the Mecca of Paranormal Investigative sights to visit. I have not been there yet, so it is on my bucket list. Without a doubt, one of the most haunted places in the United States, here are a few reasons why. There were 93,921 soldiers fighting for the Union at Gettysburgh under the guidance of

Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade

and Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, who was killed on July 1, the first day of battle by a gun shot to the neck/head.

The Confederates States were lead by Robert E. Lee, with 71,699 soldiers.

This would end up being counted as a Union Victory, but no one truly won this battle. Casualties included:

North: 23,055 total, broken down as 3,155 killed, 14,531 wounded, and 5,369 captured/missing.

South: 23,231 total, broken down as 4,708 killed, 12,693 wounded, and 5,830 captured/missing.

It is on record as the bloodiest battle for the entire Civil War. This battle occurred right in Gettysburg, resulting in one civilian death, that of a young woman named Jennie, who was only 20. She was in her kitchen making bread (a war is going on outside her home and she was making bread? Amazing)and a bullet came through the window and struck her. There were over 3000 horses killed and they were stacked up in piles and burned. Remember, it is July when this battle occurred and the dead bodies, men and animals, were causing a terrible stench.

The Gettysburg National Cemetery pictured above is one of the most revered landmarks in the United States. (Thank you Wikipedia ) There are only Union Soldiers buried here. What happened to the Confederate dead? The southern dead were removed to cemeteries in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia between 1871 and 1873. Most of the Confederate dead were interred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia in a special section set aside specifically for the casualties of Gettysburg.

I would love to go to Gettyburgh someday. Maybe after I find all the haunted places right here in Columbiana County!

The Battle of Chicamauga

******* This is a battle I had never heard of from the Civil War. It occured on Sept 19-20, 1863 in Catoosa and Walker County Georgia. It was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and it also had the second largest number of casualties in the war, just under Gettysburg. It was named for the Chickamauga Creek, which was close to the battlefield. The Commanders for this battle were Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans,pictured on the left, for the Union and Gen. Braxton Bragg, pictured on the right for the Confederate Army. This battle was considered a Confederate Victory. The Union had approximately 60,000 soldiers, with 1,657 killed, 9,756 wounded, and 4,757 captured/missing. The Confederates had approximately 65,000 soldiers with 2,312 killed, 14,674 wounded, and 1,468 captured/missing. I can not imagine seeing over 23,000 injured in one place. Caualties for this battle equaled 42% of all the soldiers who fought that day. This battle found some people with history in Columbiana County fighting for the Union Army. Maj. Gen. Alexander McD. McCook of the Fighting McCooks, along with Col. Daniel McCook Jr., and Col. Edward M. McCook. The McCook Family has roots in Lisbon, Ohio, where their patriarch, George McCook is buried at Lisbon Cemetery. Here is a list of this awesome fighting family: "Tribe of Dan"

Daniel McCook (1798–1863), Major, killed in action at the Battle of Buffington Island during Morgan's Raid Dr. Latimer A. McCook (1820–1869), Major, 31st Illinois Infantry, wounded at Vicksburg and again during Sherman's March to the Sea; died of complications from his wounds and exposure following the war

George Wythe McCook (1821–1877), Lt. Colonel, 2nd Ohio Infantry; Colonel, 157th Ohio Infantry; Ohio Attorney General and candidate for Governor of Ohio Robert Latimer McCook (1827–1862), Brigadier General, killed by one of John Hunt Morgan's cavalrymen near Salem, Alabama, as he laid in an ambulance after a previous injury.

Alexander McDowell McCook (1831–1903), Major General; commanded XX Corps

Daniel McCook, Jr. (1834–1864), Brigadier General, killed in action at Kennesaw Mountain

Edwin Stanton McCook (1837–1873), Brevet Major General and Governor of the Dakota Territory, assassinated in office

Charles Morris McCook, (1843–1861), Private, 2nd Ohio Infantry, killed in action at the First Battle of Bull Run; died in his father's arms. He had declined an offer of a Lieutenant's commission in the regular army and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.[1]

John James McCook (lawyer) (1845–1911), Colonel, prominent postbellum New York attorney and railroad executive (Another son, J. James McCook (1823–1842), had died near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while serving in the United States Navy)

"Tribe of John"

Dr. John James McCook (1806–1865), volunteer surgeon during the Civil War Edward Moody McCook (1833–1909), Major General and Governor of the Colorado Territory

Anson George McCook (b. 1835–1917), Brevet Brigadier General and postbellum politician

Roderick McCook (1839–1886), Commander, first Naval officer to capture a Confederate regiment

Henry Christopher McCook (1837–1911), Lieutenant, Presbyterian Chaplain; tended to the wounded and often joined in the fighting

John James McCook (professor) (b. 1843), Lieutenant, Presbyterian Chaplain, seriously wounded in Northern Virginia and left the service.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shocking Practice On Civil War Battlefields-Dead Soldiers Left To Decay In The Open

&&&&&& I have been studying the Civil War, getting information ready for posters and other things we want to present on May 25 at the Scenic Vista Park Civil War Reenactment. One of the shocking things I discovered was a practice by the Union Army. It would seem that while a Union soldier would get a proper burial, a Confederate soldier would not. Their bodies would often be left to rot in the sun. In the above picture, you see a dead man lying beside the fence. This is an actual picture from the Civil War. The grave beside him is that of a Union Soldier. In this picture you see men gathering body parts of confederate soldiers, months after they died in battle. Notice the boot and pant leg still massed together. I can't even imagine what it was like to travel over the battlefields after the fighting was over, even days, weeks or months later. It must have been horrifying. It is no wonder that many of these battlefields are haunted....

Sunday, March 17, 2013

It Helps to Know the History to Find a Ghost

The most important thing I have learned in the decade I have been ghost hunting is to know your history. I am not talking about World history or even our Nations history (necessarily), but your own local history. For instance, we investigated the old Fairview School in 2009 at the request of the owners of the building at the time. It was an awesome investigation, but the most important thing I learned was about knowing the history of a place before you investigate it. We went to the school a total of three times in October of 2009. The first time we went at night. As we investigated 2 buildings on the property, we were frustrated because we were not finding anything. We talked about this with the owner and to our suprise, he laughed and said: "That's because you are not here during the day!" He went on to talk about how they spent the night in the building all the time and never had any problems. The real activity occured during the day. We rescheduled for a daytime adventure and WOW! what a difference. There were bangs on the wall, and in the bar room we were getting one tap for yes and two taps for no as we asked questions. It was awesome!!!! As I researched the school, I found out that Principle Wilfing had died while still principle of the school. It made sense that he might be haunting the school. It also made sense that he would be haunting it during the day, rather than at night.

The more you know about an investigation sight the better chance you have of capturing evidence. If you know the names of relatives for the person you think is haunting an area, or things they liked, or how they died, that is information you can talk about as you investigate. Or, if you suspect the area to be haunted by soldiers from the Civil War, you can sing songs from that era or play a guitar or Banjo and it might attract spirits to you. Knowledge of an area can only benefit you. And the more you know the better chance you have of capturing the all important evidence we all hope we get to prove ghosts exist.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

East End Hides An Old Street Car....

&&&&&& &&&&&& There are several streets in East Liverpool that show evidence of trolley car lines that once worked the city. This is 4th street. In East End there is also an old street car building that housed all the trolley cars for the area. Trolleys ran all over the county, like buses. You can still find the remains of the old trolley lines, and I have done a couple stories about them in the past. To my delight,while I was talking to Dan Marshall from Coffee Fusion in East Liverpool, OH. He told me that in East End there was an old Trolley Car being used for a storage shed. And so I found it. You couldn't tell at first that this building was once a trolley car, by looking at it off hand. But if you look closer at it..... I am so excited to find that there is one saved, even if it is being used for a storage room. At least it is still there. I am working on a tour of East End to run during the Pottery Festival this year and it will be included on the tour! If you have any information on this treasure, please let me know!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Civil War Battle of Shiloh

The Battle of Shiloh was also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, fought in Hardin County, Tennessee on April 6-7, 1862. THANK YOU WIKEPEDIA! It is considered a major battle in the Western Theater. The Confederate Army won the first day and the Union won the second day in what was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. In the end the entire 2 day battle was considered a Union win. Commanders for the Union were: Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant And Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell

AND FOR THE CONFEDERATES: Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, who was killed in battle, and Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard. (P.G.T. stands for Pierre Gustave Toutant)

The Union had 66,800 soldiers and the Confederates had 44,700. For the North there were 13,047 total casualties. (1,754 killed; 8,408 wounded; 2,885 captured/missing)

For the Confederates there were 10,699 total casualties (1,728 killed; 8,012 wounded; 959 captured/missing) Here is an actual picture of the Battle of Shiloh. I got this picture from a webstie called THE BLADE. So now you know a little bit about the Battle of Shiloh and why it is etched into the wall of the Civil War Monument at Riverview Cemetery.

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 9 Thompson Park Ghost Walk Was Full of Ghosts!

******** Our Thompson Park Ghost Walk was a lot of fun. Amy, Shean,Dezi, and Robert came to have a tour around the circle and do a little ghost hunting! Shaen tried using the Night Vision Camera and ended up pretty good at it! Dezi and Robert decided to see how comfortable the stone couches were at the Amphitheater! They said Not very comfortable! Amy gave EVP a try as well as taking pics with her cell phone. They all did great~ and we caught some awesome EVP! Hope to have some on here from this night soon. Our next Thompson Park Ghost Walk will be in June!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Riverview Cemetery Has a Mass Grave

When you enter Riverview Cemetery, it is hard to miss the statue of the Roving Sentinel. He faces a circle of gravestones for men who died in the Civil War. This is a mass grave. I am sure it has an awesome story, but I don't know it, YET. If you know anything about this little mystery, please let me know at

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Battle of Atlanta

************ The Battle of Atlanta took place on July 22, 1864, but the city did not finally fall until September. It would be a Union victory. The leaders for this battle included: Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and Maj. Gen. James B.McPHerson for the North. Maj. Gen. McPherson was killed in this battle. And Lt.General John B. Hood for the South.

The Union Army had 34, 863 soldiers, while the Confederate Army had 40,438. Casualties were 3641 for the North and 5,500 for the South, in one day. This is something I just can't even imagine. So many lives lost. Where did they put all the bodies? I know there is a small mass grave in Riverview Cemetery. though I have not been able to get the exact story for it. Why put them in a mass grave? I guess they were lucky to at least have their names to put on stones.