Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Review: Haunted U.S. Battlefields

Title: Haunted U.S. Battlefields
Author: Mary Beth Crain
Publisher Data: Globe Pequot Press, 2008

As a history AND paranormal buff, I tore through this book in one evening, and found it informative and enjoyable.  Crain discusses famous battlefield and war-related ghosts from a variety of conflicts, including the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, The Alamo, the Battle of Little Bighorn, and then a short compendium of battles fought by Americans elsewhere in the world.

Unfortunately, as a West Virginian, I felt left out, as there was no mention of our great state and our many haunted battlefields!  A large portion of West Virginia ghostlore is directly related to the Civil War, and the disputed first battle of the Revolutionary War took place here, so we've got the haunts...we just need to tell them to the world.  Perhaps a second volume could be arranged?  *wink, wink*

Anyway, this is a book I'd recommend, especially for those with a love of military history.  Even if you're more on the ghost side as opposed to the history side, don't fret.  The history is concise, well explained, and not so overly in-depth as to detract from the spookiness of the stories.

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