A Tale of Two (Dead) Soldiers - Port Hudson, Louisiana

What happens when two opposing sides are buried together in one coffin over 100 years after their deaths in vicious battle?  Nothing good, to be sure!

The Peace Obelisk at Port Hudson Battlefield

The Peace Obelisk at Port Hudson Battlefield

Some genius had the idea to recover the skeletons of one Union and one Confederate soldier.  Both were killed in the Battle of Port Hudson during the Civil War.  It was thought that burying them together would be a sign of unity, healing and peace.  The dead disagreed.

The earthen remains of Fort Desperation

The earthen remains of Fort Desperation

According to Park Rangers at Port Hudson Civil War Historic Site, the day of the internment dawned sunny and bright but changed rapidly as the interment ceremony progressed.  Storm clouds quickly gathered and darkened and then the lightning started.  One vibrant streak of lightning shot down and split a massive old oak tree nearby directly in two: North and South.

After everyone recovered from this near miss, and ignoring the disatisfaction of the dead, the ceremony progressed. As the group began to lower the single coffin containing 2 bodies into the ground, the ground water began rising rapidly forcing officials to plunge it through the water into the ground and hold it down while earth was piled over the top!  An obelisk of peace was placed atop the burial site.  But there is no peace...

Fort Desperation at Port Hudson Battlefield

Fort Desperation at Port Hudson Battlefield

Because 6,600 were killed violently on this sacred ground, the sheer amount of paranormal activity is not surprising.  Park Rangers do say that the site of the Port Hudson Peace Obelisk is the most active location in the entire battlefield, though everywhere I went including the museum there was a tremendous amount of activity.  I’m not sure what’s more surprising: the fact that there is so much paranormal activity at this site or the fact that some human being thought it was a good idea to take two people who bitterly fought each other in life and lock them together in a single, small box in death!

To check out some video from the investigation of Port Hudson, click here

Michelle Tebow