The Ghosts of Fort Leavenworth

September 30th, 2008

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Fort Leavenworth is one of the most famous forts in America and is the oldest continuously operating military post west of Mississippi. In 1880, the Sutter family was headed to Oregon when they stopped at the fort. When the children of the family went out to get firewood, they never returned. Their mother Catherine couldn’t accept the fact that they were gone and searched the whole winter for her children. She drove herself to the point of exhaustion and eventually died of pneumonia. Her ghost has been repeatedly seen in the surrounding area with a lantern and tattered clothing calling the names of her children, still searching for what she had lost.

There are other ghosts at the famous fort as well, including General Phil Sheridan’s wife. The Sheridan House is haunted by the angry wife because when she was on her death bed, the General went away on a business trip. Her ghost has been reported throughout the house in a very bad mood, walking the halls. Another is the ghost of General George McClellan, who was a Union General during the Civil War. He has been spotted in the old officers’ quarters enjoying a cup of tea, apparently for the rest of eternity.

(Source: Cohen, Daniel. Hauntings and Horrors. 2002.)

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