Chickamauga Battlefield Ghosts
Chickamauga Battlefield ghosts and hauntings, including Ol’ Green Eyes.
If Georgia has its own Loch Ness Monster, it may very well be “Ol’ Green Eyes,” a legendary creature that, according to numerous ghost hunters and tourists through the years, still haunts the massive national park at Chickamauga Battlefield. Green Eyes isn’t the only apparition roaming the grounds of Chickamauga, but he certainly is the most famous.
Civil War battlefields are some of the most haunted places on earth. With so much death, destruction and sorrow in one area, it’s no surprise that restless spirits still wander the land. Chickamauga Battlefield, in northwestern Georgia close to the Tennessee state line, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the war, second only to Gettysburg according to historians.
The Civil War was approaching its end in 1863 when Union troops captured Chattanooga, Tennessee with their eyes set on Atlanta to the South. General Willaim Rosencrans was the Union commander who led the charge into Georgia in September of that year. But he met violent opposition along Chickamauga Creek from Confederate troops led my General Braxton Bragg and General James Longstreet. The two day battle ended with the Confederate army pushing the Union army back to Tennessee. 37,000 soldiers on both sides were killed.
The Battle of Chickamauga was a much needed morale boost for the Confederate army. But of course, their victory would be short lived as General Sherman eventually took the reins of the Union army and drove south to Atlanta, ending the war.
Years later, numerous people encountered strange goings-on at the old battlefield grounds. Some would hear the sounds of gunshots at night, or of soldiers marching, moaning and crying. This would not be a surprise, as the battlefield is believed to be filled with makeshift graves containing Union soliders. After the battle, many Union corpses were left lying in the field for weeks, only to be buried in unmarked graves.
One famous ghost who is said to wander the battlefield is the “lady in white” who is searching for her husband. But Green Eyes is the best known apparition, and has appeared in two different forms. Some believe Green Eyes is a soldier whose head was blown off during the battle, and now wanders Chickamauga looking for his body.
The second version of the story – and the one we used here – is that Green Eyes is a strange, otherworldy creature, half-man and half-beast. He’s been spotted walking on two legs and has long, stringy hair down to his waist. But he also has glowing green eyes and huge jaws with two sharp fangs sticking out. It is believed that this version of Green Eyes comes from a Native American legend from long before the Civil War. There were some reports of the creature wandering among the dead at Snodgrass Hill shortly after the Battle of Chickamauga.
Should you wish to travel to Chickamauga to encounter the creature for yourself, read some of the stories we’ve linked to below. There’s also some historical information on the battle itself:
Prairie Ghosts – Haunted Tennessee
This excellent article goes into more detail about the battle and the hauntings that followed.
Excellent historical overview of battle itself, including maps and numerous links.
Chickamauga National Military Park
Official site of the historic battlefield.
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7 Responses to “Chickamauga Battlefield Ghosts”
There is a ghost at atheatre in my town called green eys, but he is human, but the cityview monster is a creature exactly like the one desribed.
what year did it start
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Is there anymore reports about Green Eyes?
[…] those of a Confederate soldier and a bride-to-be pining for her lost fiancée, have been spotted at Chickamauga. But the most famous legend, “Old Green Eyes,” may not even be a traditional ghost at all. […]
I grew up near the battlefield. I always hear the story about greeneyes as it was a young drummer boy who was killed.
I lived in Chattanooga for many years and we used to go to the battlefield all the time. I’ve seen Old Green Eyes by the watch tower. He was out in the middle of the field and started chasing after us. I’ve also see the lady in white. We were driving down one of the side roads back to the main road through the battlefield just at dusk and saw a woman in white walking down the road. We pulled over as we thought it was a tourist that was lost and when we looked behind us she had no facial features and just vanished. We all jumped back in the car and took off. I’ve also witnessed soldiers marching through the fields and have heard gunshots out there late at night. One of the scariest places I have ever been!!