Monday, September 20, 2010

Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe
This moated heptagonal stone fort in Virginia, USA, faces the Chesapeake Bay on three sides. It is a lonely isolated spot and there have been a number of reported sightings of ghosts.

Perhaps the most illustrious ghost that has allegedly been sighted is that of the President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis. Brought here in shackles after the end of the Civil War, Davis slowly grew weak within its walls. His wife, Varina, followed him here and pleaded to have him removed from his fell to a private apartment to die in peace. It is said that both of their ghosts can be found at Fort Monore still, Davis in his cell and Varina, gazing from the bedroom window towards her husband's cell.

Another ghost said to put in an appearance is that of Edgar Allan Pei, who in 1829 served for four months at Monroe. While there he wrote The Cask of Amontillado, a story based on the tale of a Virginian military man walled up inside an empty stone building. Poe's ghost has reportedly been seen in his former barracks, now located at Building no. 5.

There have also been reports of a ghost called the "Light Lady". It is thought that she is the ghost of Camille Kirtz, who was murdered by her husband when he discovered her with her French lover on Matthew Lane within the fort. The Frenchman managed to escape by Camille was fatally shot and is said to wander a nearby copse [sic] of oak trees searching for her lover in vain.

The ghosts of two children have also been spotted at the fort, one in the upstairs of an old house next to the moat wall and the other in the basement of an enlisted man's home. It is thought they are the spirits of two small boys who died from disease or poverty within the isolated walls of Fort Monroe. Some believe that these spirit children try to seek out living children to play with when they visit the fort.

Source for entry:
Cheung, Theresa. "Fort Monroe." The Element Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Hauntings. China: Harper Element, 2008. Print.

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