Apparition Photographed at the Devil’s Den in Gettysburg?

A woman named Jeanie Brown claims that when she was leaving the Devil’s Den in Gettysburg, Pennsylvanian, she took this picture which shows what appears to be a ghostly white figure standing off to the side of the road. She claims she didn’t see the figure when she took the photo. The Devil’s Den, which is now a visitor attraction, is a boulder-strewn Gettysburg Battlefield hill that was used by artillery and infantry units during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2nd, 1863.

While the figure certainly looks like a figure, it’s been suggested that it’s actually a monument that was carved from white marble that depicts a rifle-wielding union soldier leaning on a rock while looking out at the battlefield (here’s a photo of the monument). Personally, I have to agree that this is most-likely the marble monument. However, the apparition isn’t very clear, so it’s hard to say for sure if it truly is the monument or not. What do you think? Could this be the ghost of a soldier who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg? Or is it just the white marble monument?


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driving over a coal-mine fire

slowing around the curve
smoke and steam
by the red wheelbarrow

why do I feel
sympathy pains
for the crust beneath
the earth?

my parents were
damn hippies
-not me-
though I have a strange name
I don’t hug trees

but my innards
over that stretch
of road

trying not to think
or feel
how we all burn

Queen Aliquippa

Art by Caitlin (tumblr, etsy, facebook)

Multiple European and European-American sources reference Aliquippa, a Seneca leader in the area south of present-day Pittsburgh.  Her year of birth has been estimated anywhere from the early 1670s to the early 1700s.  She was the leader of a group of Minga Senecas who moved to Ohio Territory in the mid-1700s.  At the time, Ohio Territory stretched across present-day Ohio into northwestern West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and eastern Indiana.

Aliquippa and her son Kanuksusy were well known to the colonial government of Pennsylvania.  Colonial official Conrad Weiser visited Aliquippa twice in 1748 writing, “We dined in a Seneka Town, where an old Seneka Woman Reigns with great Authority.”  Kanuksusy addressed the Pennsylvania Council as a representative of the Six Nations of the Iroquois for the first time in 1747.   In 1753, he was included on a colonial list of Iroquois officials. 

Aliquippa was a staunch ally of the British during the lead up to the French and Indian War.  In 1749, the French explorer Celeron de Bienville wrote “She is entirely devoted to the English.”  In 1754, she travelled to Fort Necessity where she was a guest of George Washington.  After the British defeat at the Battle of Fort Necessity, Aliquippa moved her people east to Aughwick Creek. She died there of natural causes on December 23, 1754.  Kanuksusy continued to work with the British colonial government until his death from smallpox in November 1756.


The invasive spotted lanternfly (originally from Asia) was found in Pennsylvania in September, and now two townships are under quarantine to try and control the pest.

It attacks trees by feeding on sap and (in classic invading alien style) harms them further by excreting lots of a fluid, coating leaves and stems. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture the spotted lanternfly “has the potential to greatly impact the grape, fruit tree and logging industries.”

Lots more info here, including what to do if you see eggs, catch adults, or discover a major invasion site.

Top image: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, bottom two images: Holly Raguza, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture