The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA

It should be of no surprise to anyone that I wanted to visit Gettysburg, PA. It is said to be the most haunted city in all of America and my data collected from the Jennie Wade House at 548 Baltimore Street proves that the spirits that haunt the city are all over.

Jennie Wade’s Brief Story

I took the suggestion from staff in the Jennie Wade Museum Gift Shop for a few books. One them being “Jennie Wade of Gettysburg” by Cindy L. Small, I found it a quick, detailed account of what happened that fateful day for Jennie and some of the contacts she had.

For starters, let’s start with her name. Jennie was a nickname that derived from Ginnie which derived from Virginia. And Virginia was her middle name with her first being Mary. Interesting enough, her nickname provides us with a bit of her personality and gives the museum a bit more flare. The name Jennie sounds and looks a bit more wholesome than Virginia, and endearing and comforting to Union soldiers is exactly what she was. I’m an onlooker for people’s actions, and Jennie’s actions tell me she had a kind soul and big heart.

“Ghost Adventures” interview Zak Bagans with Joe Svehla, manager of the Jennie Wade House.

Although she could’ve avoided and ignored the constant door knocking from Union soldiers for food and water, she instead gave them what she could in fresh baked bread and pails of water. When she ran out and was preparing more yeast, she would tell the soldiers when they could expect their next meal. Bringing pails of water to these soldiers was a risk all on its own as she took the pails of water out to them, a brave act indeed with the wages of war nearby.

The table where Jennie was preparing breakfast when she was shot. Photo by April McGirr

Jennie was only 20 years old in 1863 showing enough courage to help take care of family and serve soldiers in their time of need.

Ironically enough, the house in which Jennie was shot and killed wasn’t even her own. Her sister, Georgia, had a baby a few days prior and their mother was already helping to tend to the baby at Georgia’s home. Jennie and her brothers joined them soon after the battle began. The Jennie Wade House is named after Jennie, but it was her sister’s home.

Jennie was preparing yeast when a Confederate soldier missed his target and the bullet went through two doors to strike Jennie in the back forcing its way to her heart, killing her instantly.

I also want to point out that the house was what we know as a duplex: Georgia and her family on one side and the McClain family on the other. The McClains, Mr. John Isaac McClain and Mrs. Catherine McClain had four children.

Enlarged hole by Union soldiers so they could move Jennie’s body and her family safely to the McClain side of the home. Photo by April McGirr

Upstairs, there is an opening in the wall that was broadened by Union soldiers. The original hole in the wall was caused by an artillery shell that passed through the roof and into the wall the day before Jennie was shot. Through this enlarged opening, Jennie’s body was carried through to get to the other side of the home (the McClain side) and then down to the basement.

There are plenty more details that go into this story, like an alleged lover/fiance and a message that was never delivered to Jennie. If these details were partial to my investigation here, I would certainly lay them out for you. However, nothing of consequence in my investigation told me anything about this fiance or any message detail.

I urge you to read Small’s book before conducting your own investigation and/or just visiting the museum. “Jennie Wade of Gettysburg”

Other Investigations of the Jennie Wade House

I am sure there are countless investigations of the Jennie Wade House, but popularity of TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Labs have documented their findings. Such claims that accompany those of the popular television documentaries are that of orbs floating, people getting touched, a full apparition of a boy, and countless EVP’s.

Joe Svehla, manager of the Jennie Wade Museum tells his tale of a haunting.

My Investigation of the Jennie Wade House

Much like my investigation of the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA, I used the same equipment:

  • Thermal imaging camera in my side cargo pocket.
  • SBox Ghost Scanner by GhostStop on silent.
  • Digital spirit box on my cell phone.
  • K-II EMF Meter

Word of note: The thermal imaging video taken inside the actual home has been lost. Upon review directly after our departure, I did happen to capture a very cold figure crouching in the upstairs bedrooms by the wall opening.

The bed in the basement of the Jennie Wade House where she was kept until the battle of Gettysburg was over. Photo by April McGirr

As always, when reviewing the SBox Ghost Scanner file, I write down everything I hear with a timestamp. You can find the entire audio and my list of findings below. But I do want to point out the terms heard that make the most sense.

  • 00:23 “Killed me”
  • 02:10 (disembodied)
  • 02:13 (disembodied)
  • 03:13 “I want”
  • 03:16 “to talk to your kids”
  • 06:22 “the Nation”
  • 07:25 “Nancy”
  • 08:29 “Central”
  • 09:31 “Open one”
  • 13:42 “Who is that?”
  • 17:22 (odd sounds)
  • 22:42 “I hear you”

Most of these terms are pretty obvious, but I want to focus on two in particular: “Nancy” and “Central”.

Nancy Weikart ran a boarding house in the “heart” (or central) of downtown Gettysburg. The following article tells of another gunshot wound from Amos Whetstone. He ended up on the porch of Weikart where his wound was bandaged. At the wrong place during this battle, I find that it’s no coincidence that “Nancy” and “Central” were clues for me to dive into this Gettysburg Battle story as well. “Remembering Gettysburg”

From the Digital Spirit Box

The following list is from the digital spirit box used on my cell phone.

08/19/2020 – 17:32: CHILDREN (.49) Another reference to kids, see marker 03:16 from SBox above.
08/19/2020 – 17:34: RESULT (.48)
08/19/2020 – 17:36: RECALL (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:37: GRACE (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:39: POLICY (.46)
08/19/2020 – 17:39: MR (.53)
08/19/2020 – 17:39: BARN (.54)
08/19/2020 – 17:40: CLUSTER (.49)
08/19/2020 – 17:42: BOIL (.46)
08/19/2020 – 17:44: BLOW (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:46: DIAGNOSIS (.46)
08/19/2020 – 17:46: RECESSION (.59)
08/19/2020 – 17:48: ASLEEP (.48) I was near the bed in the McClain bedroom where I also had strong EMF spikes.
08/19/2020 – 17:50: SOLSTICE (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:50: DIVINE (.53)
08/19/2020 – 17:51: LET ME OUT (.51) Near the opening in the wall.
08/19/2020 – 17:53: POLITICAL (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:54: CELEBRATION (.55)
“Political” & “Celebration” could be one phrase describing the battle.
08/19/2020 – 17:56: HAIR (.46) There are accounts from tour guides that there are hair tugs while in the Jennie Wade House.
08/19/2020 – 17:57: ANNOUNCEMENT (.46)
08/19/2020 – 18:00: NATURAL (.45)
08/19/2020 – 18:01: BEFORE (.45)

I also took a thermal imaging video while I was in the gift shop of the museum, but found no abnormalities in the video.

Moving forward, I plan on giving you, the reader the entire audio files of data to verify my findings. In the event you hear/see something that was not notated, please feel free to email me your findings/interpretations to storiesinthecemetery@gmail.com, and put the case in the subject line. I will be more than happy to correct or add any of the evidence.

Here is the full SBox Ghost Scanner Audio for your review with my full findings below it.

  • 00:08 “Today”
  • 00:23 “Killed Me”
  • 00:38 “the condition”
  • 01:26 “twenty percent”
  • 01:37 “the body”
  • 01:42 “admit”
  • 02:10 (disembodied)
  • 02:13 (disembodied)
  • 02:28 “let me start it”
  • 02:42 “I want”
  • 02:44 “it was when”
  • 03:06 “what I knew”
  • 03:13 “I want”
  • 03:16 “to talk to your kids”
  • 04:05 “let me show”
  • 04:21 “feel like”
  • 06:22 “the Nation”
  • 07:25 “Nancy”
  • 08:29 “central”
  • 09:00 “here”
  • 09:31 “open one”
  • 10:04 “already”
  • 12:11 “I saw”
  • 12:39 “ready ID”
  • 13:11 “Justine”
  • 13:42 “Who is that?”
  • 14:17 “walk on”
  • 14:49 “Don’t”
  • 15:17 “let us”
  • 16:19 “recognize”
  • 17:11 “tell you”
  • 17:22 (odd sounds)
  • 22:02 “behind you”
  • 22:42 “I hear you”

More Than a Blog

If you’d like to check out the podcast episode for this post, you can listen below. This will be Episode 38 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

You can also take a ghost hunting tour with me if you are ever in the Charleston, SC area. My guests use my tools: thermal imaging camera, spirit boxes, laser grids and more. What’s even better is you get the data back the next morning for your review. To learn more, head over www.charlestoncavaliertours.com for details. (Ticket pricing may vary depending on season).

References Used for This Blog Post and Podcast Episode

This is a very short list of references only to verify data taken while visiting the Jennie Wade House. I encourage you to further investigate with the plentiful resources that can be found both online and in print.

The Flight 93 National Memorial

I can only imagine that thinking back to September 11th is what it must have felt like for our grandparents to think about Pearl Harbor. The question often comes up “Where were you on September 11, 2001?” when discussing this more than horrific day. I, personally, was a retail manager of a record store inside a mall. Traffic was low that day and I remember a family member calling my store to tell me to turn on the news. I had to open a small television and put it at my counter so I can watch. It was soon after that I was on the highway heading home. It was normally a 45-minute drive, but that day, it only took me 30. I stopped for gas and realized how quiet the normally busy avenue was and thought to myself “This is going to get worse”.

The earliest known video has surfaced showing the immediate aftermath of the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Russ Mitchell reports.

The same quiet, eerie feeling also comes from the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA. I had the opportunity to visit on August 20 of this year and the amount of dedication and thought that went into building a visitor center along with a full walking trail to visit is nothing short of remarkable. It was quiet during my visit, the same it was on the street of the gas station, but there was a different demeanor, one of anger and anguish, a bit of uneasiness as we all read the minute by minute playbook of the events that led to the crash of Flight 93 and the deaths of 40 people.

A Brief Account of Events

I’m not going to provide a minute by minute playbook of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Otherwise, this post would turn into a book, and there are plenty of books written about that day’s events.

I do want to brief you on my research and recap some of the intentions and facts that I was unaware of before researching Flight 93.

First and foremost, I am floored of how much premeditation went into these attacks. Starting in 1993, young men with jihad mentalities began plotting multiple ways of attacking the United States on our own soil. It all began with a bomb placed in a van that was parked under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Six people died from that explosion, and it was an inspiration to other young men that we could be violated on our own soil.

There were four planes hijacked on September 11, 2001 but the original plan was to hijack ten planes. With Flight 93 having one less hijacker on board than the other three, the plans were obviously thought through thoroughly to insure the biggest impact.

Flight 93 had a total of 4 hijackers aboard. The pilot nominated to take over Flight 93 had the least amount of flight time while training for this mission and had never flown a Boeing 757 before. The original plan was for all four hijacker pilots to take over the plane within 15 minutes of takeoff. This didn’t happen with Flight 93. The hijacker pilot hesitated for 40 minutes before allowing his team of muscle to begin the hijacking. It was this delayed response which gave the passengers on the plane the opportunity to organize quickly, make phone calls to their loved ones, and plan their counter-attack to either take the plane back or crash it before it would reach the intended target. They succeeded the latter intention.

WARNING: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.

It should also be noted that the hijacker pilot for Flight 93 was the only one of the hijackers out of all 4 teams that had a wife. He wrote a letter to his wife just days before the attack and unfortunately, for him, he wrote the address incorrectly and it ended up in the hands of the FBI. A part of his letter to his wife reads:

“I do not want you to be sad. I am still alive somewhere, where you cannot see and hear me, but I will see you and know how you are doing. I will wait for you until you come to me. There comes a time for everyone to make a move. It is my fault that I gave you so many hopes about marriage, wedding, children, family and many other things.

“I am what you wish for, but unfortunately you must wait a little bit until we will be together again. I did not flee from you, but did what I was supposed to do. You ought to be very proud, because it is an honor, and you will see the result, and everybody will be happy.”

This was not the only mistake that the hijacker pilot made. Aside from hesitating the plane takeover, and incorrectly writing the address to his letter, the amateur pilot was also pulled over for speeding just days before their planned attack. And let us not forget that he accidentally responded to air traffic control in Cleveland with a message intended for the passengers.

Recording of radio communications between United Air 93 and Cleveland Center on September 11, 2001.

Because Flight 93 had such a delayed response in the takeover, giving passengers time to organize, the hijackers’ intended target are still unknown. It is speculated that the target to crash the plane was either The White House, The Capitol, Camp David or one of the nuclear power plants along the eastern coast of the United States.

As I’m sure you may have noticed by now, this account of the 9/11 attacks has not named anyone that was involved with the hijacking. Names give power, and no other power needs to be given to this group of terrorists. For a very detailed account of the planning of these attacks, I recommend Tom McMillan’s book, “Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11”. It is a fascinating read and provides more detail than I needed to write this post.

The Passengers of Flight 93

As mentioned, the passengers on Flight 93 organized and formed a counterattack that saved thousands of people from either death or the despair of losing someone. Heroes.

Cynthia Bowers talks to operator Lisa Jefferson, who took the final call from United Flight 93. She recalls her conversation with passenger Todd Beamer.

What some may not know is that Flight 93 had the least number of passengers that day versus the other three flights that were hijacked. The other odd fact about this group is that many of those passengers booked the flight last minute, either from a later flight canceled or out of desperation to get to their destination.

The odds of something going wrong for the hijacker pilot were slim to none as long as he followed the plan; low number of passengers, takeover within 15 minutes of takeoff, the operation should’ve gone as planned. But his hesitation caused a much longer flight to the destination, thus giving this small group of 33 passengers an ability to regroup.

The passengers also had time to call their loved ones and those on the ground were able to reciprocate the news of the other hijacked planes. These calls were made via Airphones located inside the plane. Another mistake made by the hijackers was allowing those phone calls to be made educating the passengers.

3 Passengers from Flight 93 call Loved Ones during the hijacking.

Family members will never forget the phone calls they received that day and there are plenty of recordings that were left on answering machines that help us never forget what we all watched on the news.

See the bottom of this post for a full roster of those aboard Flight 93. Although almost 3,000 people died that day, this post will stay focused on the passengers of Flight 93.

The Flight 93 National Memorial

My visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial was on August 20, 2020. Driving through the twisting roads of a very hilly field, I was unaware of what to expect. I hadn’t done much research other than recalling the memories I have of that day. What I found was a path to an overlook of the crash site where the little bit of remains were found from the crash, a boulder that marks the exact location and a few dozen quiet onlookers, in awe of what they were viewing.

The path to the overlook, is in the direct path of the flight, giving visitors the perspective of which direction Flight 93 came from. Looking around from the overlook, visitors can see the open fields that are now part of the National Park Service.

Once inside the Visitor Center, I found myself enthralled with the panels telling us the minute by minute of that day, the news broadcasts playing overhead and on screens, and the somber tone throughout the entire facility. Visitors walk through a maze of these panels, reading, viewing the remains found on site, and learning the story behind the attacks and about those that were lost.

We also drove down to the path created closer to the crash site where a wall of names proudly stands with the name of each passenger and crew member lost.

My “Investigation”

For those of you that have never worked with me in a paranormal sense, you should know that my “investigation” of the Flight 93 Memorial was not me waving a K-II meter around and asking the staff to tell me stories. My investigations of public places, not just this memorial, are discreet and respectful to the location. The Flight 93 Memorial is a place of remembrance, prayer, and patriotism and I treated it as such.

My hopes for my investigation here were not to deem this place as haunted, but more of a capability for those we lost to portray a message. I used the following devices: a K-II meter (in my pocket, randomly checking it in between reading panels), the SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop (turned on and in my pocket, secretly recording), and the FLIR thermal imaging camera (the cell phone attached camera just sticking out of my cargo pocket), and the digital spirit box running on my personal cell phone for a list of terms.

The odd occurrence for that day was not the list of words from the digital spirit box at the memorial. To be honest, that list is lost, and I mistook one of the lists from my visit to Falling Waters earlier that day as the list for the Flight 93 Memorial. Take a look at the highlighted words from the Falling Waters list below.

08/20/2020 – 12:30: AURORA (.45)
08/20/2020 – 12:32: DEPTH (.45)
08/20/2020 – 12:32: WEATHER (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:32: HOBBLE (.55)
08/20/2020 – 12:34: NORA (.5)
08/20/2020 – 12:37: DIGITAL (.49)
08/20/2020 – 12:38: GRACE (.48) Lorraine Grace Bay was a 37 year flight attendant aboard the flight.
08/20/2020 – 12:38: REVOLUTIONARY (.63)
08/20/2020 – 12:39: FIELD (.46) This is obviously where the plane crashed.
08/20/2020 – 12:40: PROSPECT (.57)
08/20/2020 – 12:43: INTEGRITY (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:44: WYATT (.63)
08/20/2020 – 12:45: UNDER BED (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:45: INSTEAD (.65)
08/20/2020 – 12:45: BRUTALIZE (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:46: AUNT (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:48: TELL ME (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:49: MANOR (.6)
08/20/2020 – 12:50: PEAK (.48) The flight wasn’t hijacked until after it reached it’s peak altitude.
08/20/2020 – 12:51: COLORFUL (.55)
08/20/2020 – 12:52: BASIS (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:54: SIMILAR (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:55: TRANSFORM (.52)
08/20/2020 – 12:55: BEFRIEND (.51)
08/20/2020 – 12:57: ATTACKED (.48) (self-explanatory) Although look at the tense of the word.
08/20/2020 – 12:57: SLIDE (.54)
08/20/2020 – 12:57: MAD (.6)
08/20/2020 – 12:58: ASCEND (.53) The flight ascended to it’s peak altitude.
08/20/2020 – 12:58: IRAQI (.71) I have never seen this term come through this device before that I can recall. This was my first indication that I had the correct list.
08/20/2020 – 12:58: GHOST (.49)
08/20/2020 – 12:59: SLIGHT (.61)
08/20/2020 – 12:59: SUBJECT (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:00: CHRIS (.47)
08/20/2020 – 13:00: HORRIBLE (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:00: VETERAN (.49) There were several United States veterans aboard the flight.
08/20/2020 – 13:00: GLOVE (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:03: AWARD (.53)
08/20/2020 – 13:06: CANVAS (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:11: REGION (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:11: WHISPER (.77)
08/20/2020 – 13:11: CONSOLE (.46) I’m taking this as the flight console inside the plane.
08/20/2020 – 13:12: SPEED (.47) The speed of the plane was over 500 miles an hour when it crashed.
08/20/2020 – 13:13: SPIRITUAL (.53)
08/20/2020 – 13:13: RANGE (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:14: ASSOCIATE (.51)
08/20/2020 – 13:15: REST (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:16: SOLID (.51)
08/20/2020 – 13:17: ELIJAH (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:18: AXE (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:18: LOWER (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:23: DAWN (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:26: HARVEST (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:26: GRANDMA (.47) This one connects to several passengers: some were grandmothers and two were visiting their grandomothers.
08/20/2020 – 13:26: YOU (.47)
08/20/2020 – 13:27: QUALIFY (.5)
08/20/2020 – 13:28: DISABLED (.49)
08/20/2020 – 13:30: RESTORED (.47)
08/20/2020 – 13:34: DRIVE (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:36: HAUNTING (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:36: SORRY (.49)
08/20/2020 – 13:37: TOMATO (.45)

I do not find it coincidental that I lost the list taken at the memorial and that this list was recorded while I was one hour away from the memorial the same day. It is almost as if I were already in the path of the original flight and they couldn’t wait to come through with messages.

SBox Ghost Scanner Findings

As for the SBox Ghost Scanner list, this was conducted by hand. Remember, I had this device in my pocket recording and I made a full list of terms that I heard:

  • :03 “Use it” or “music”
  • 3:18 “Gabe” or “gave”
  • 6:00 “Not going”
  • 6:54 “In the middle of the…”
  • 7:33 “Encouraging”
  • 8:21 “Show your Support”
  • 8:41 “Americans”
  • 10:04 (muffled voices)
  • 13:14 “I’ll show you”
  • 14:04 “Amazing…”
  • 23:10-23:16 (muffled voices)
  • 34:59 “You there?”
  • 48:05-48:07 (voices then a slam/knocking sound)
  • 53:04 “Wouldn’t be able to…”
  • 54:16 “If you’re lucky enough…”
  • 56:41 “Prevent the disease”
  • 1:03:32 “I mean fire”
  • 1:07:05 “Evident”
  • 1:07:56 “Fire”

Looking at these words and listening to them during the review of data tells me that first, there wasn’t much of a radio signal in this area and the marker 34:59 “You there?” is a direct intelligent response.

This list of words also tells a story: starting with “not going” and ending with “fire”. I also found it interesting that “IRAQI” showed up on the digital spirit box while “AMERICANS” came out of the SBox. This list is all inclusive of everything I found during the 90 minutes of my visit. Normally, I would find about 3-4 times the amount of words and have to clue in which were most important or relevant. With this list, I think it can be said that all these terms are not only relevant, but very important.

Thermal Imaging Video Findings

Keep in mind, that in order to be respectful to the location I kept the cell phone with attached FLIR thermal imaging camera in my cargo pocket upside down with the camera just peeking out of the top of the pocket. The Visitor Center has many reflective surfaces which caused many false positives inside the building. But I did happen to catch the following images when I was outside at the overlook:

The second picture is two seconds after the first image. I’ve watched the video dozens of times trying to determine if it is an actual live person or someone from the spiritual world watching over the banister with us. What caught my attention was you couldn’t tell the difference of his face. Skin would normally show up as a different color. I am still unsure and would love to hear your thoughts.

Remembering Those Lost on Flight 93

The following list of names is taken from McMillan’s book directly. Please take a moment to read through them, and I encourage you to read the following link; Brief Biographies which talks about their lives. These were people, not just victims. These were our people. Americans.

Pilots

  • Captain Jason M. Dahl
  • First Officer Leroy Homer

Flight Attendants

  • Lorraine Grace Bay
  • Sandy Waugh Bradshaw
  • Wanda Anita Green
  • CeeCee Ross Lyles
  • Deborah Jacobs Welsh

Passengers

  • Christian Adams
  • Todd M. Beamer
  • Alan Anthony Beaven
  • Mark Bingham
  • Deora Frances Bodley
  • Marion R. Britton
  • Thomas E. Burnett Jr.
  • William Joseph Cashman
  • Georgine Rose Corrigan
  • Patricia Cushing
  • Joseph DeLuca
  • Patrick Joseph Driscoll
  • Edward Porter Felt
  • Jane C. Folger
  • Colleen L. Fraser
  • Andrew (Sonny) Garcia
  • Jeremy Logan Glick
  • Kristin Osterholm White Gould
  • Lauren Catuuzzi Grandcolas
  • Donald Freeman Greene
  • Linda Gronlund
  • Richard J. Guadagno
  • Toshiya Kuge
  • Hilda Marcin
  • Waleska Martinez
  • Nicole Carol Miller
  • Louis J. Nacke II
  • Donald Arthur Peterson
  • Jean Hoadley Peterson
  • Mark David Rothenberg
  • Christine Ann Snyder
  • John Talignani
  • Honor Elizabeth Wainio

I highly recommend you check out the references below to continue research and learn more about the people lost during these attacks. In today’s world of technology we are fortunate enough to not just remember their names, but to remember who they were as Americans.

I am also going to highly suggest the film “United 93”, it is a reenactment of the events that occurred on the flight based on real conversations over the Airphones as well as the black box recordings that were recovered.

This will be episode 37 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

References Used to Create this Post

SBox Ghost Box & Recorder by GhostStop

I’ve been using the SBox Ghost Box & Recorder for a couple of months now. It is now a tool used and appreciated by my guest ghost hunters on the Stories in the Cemetery Interactive Ghost Hunting Experiences in downtown Charleston, SC. I’d like to cover a few features of this device and explain why I use it.

SBox Aesthetic Features

This device was designed by the team at GhostStop.com. You can find their logos and website all over this page. But with that in mind, they kept the ghost hunter in mind when creating this device. When compared to the popular SB-7, the SBox is both affordable and useful.

For starters, the built in speaker is loud! There are no attachments bulking off the edges of the black and red design. The digital face on the screen is easy to read and shows battery life. The battery is also rechargeable, so there’s no carrying of extra batteries for multiple ghost hunts or road trips. The tool simply plugs into any micro USB cable and voila, you’re charging. That’s the cell phone charger you’ve been using for your old phone, in case you were wondering, not the new USB-C types.

It’s compact and has a leather type wallet that doesn’t allow accidental button pushes. The wallet is sold separately of course, but I am highly recommending it. The power is controlled by a toggle button and it sits on top of the device away from all the other controls. I can’t tell you how many times my SB-7 got jostled around my gig bag and it gets turned on by accident while I’m driving away from my location.

And last but not least, there’s a flashlight on the device that works even when the power toggle button is in “OFF” mode. It’s not the brightest of bulbs, but hey, sometimes any light is good!

Overall, the functionality of aesthetics and thought process is evident in the gadget. Let’s talk about it’s main functions.

Recording with the SBox

With a micro-SD card inserted, the tool has the capability to record your spirit box sessions. There are highlights and pitfalls and once you get the gist of the rules, this is a great device.

I should first say, that when the device is recording a sweep, outside noises and voices cannot be heard. For my ghost hunts with teams of people, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. I’m already recording the entire audio for the team to review later, so it’s not necessary to record outside audio through the SBox, but it would be great to hear questions through the recording and then the answer through the sweep. A “PAUSE SWEEP” button would be very useful here.

However, listening to a synced MP3 file with the natural audio from a separate recorder is not all that difficult. The morning after a ghost hunt, I can listen to both toggling the file until I find what my guest heard.

The other great feature about the recordings is that no matter where your volume turnstile is located (either loud or on mute), the recording comes out in one even level. This is fantastic because during my ghost hunts, we often stop for me to tell the data of a specific location and I ask that spirit boxes are turned down so they can hear, all the while, the SBox is still recording. That’s a wonderful feature to have.

MP3 Files

I have really had only one pitfall with the SBox and that deals with the files. Because I do 6-12 ghost hunts a week, I need to label the files. The files do not give me a date/timestamp of when it was taken and is assigned a number. Renaming the file isn’t the issue, losing the assigned number, but making sure I have the correct file for each tour can be a bit of a struggle. Granted, I’m uploading this files to this website the very next morning but if an amateur ghost hunter toggles the power button several times throughout the tour, then I have to remember how many files that ghost hunt gets. It’s not necessarily difficult, but it does make my job easier when there are the same number of files as per tours that evening.

Overview of features video by Ghost Stop.

I recently took the SBox to my paranormal vacation in Pennsylvania where I visited Gettysburg (3x locations), Falling Waters, and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville. Most of the places I went to “investigate” did not allow recordings of any kind. This is where the SBox was set to record and went into my pocket discreetly. Once back at my computer, I labeled each MP3 file according to my locations each day for review later. I tested each file to make sure they recorded properly and the length of time and put them aside for when I do the full research for each location.

Summary

All in all, I give this gadget a 9/10. For the outside functionality and the recording side of the device, this tool is an absolute must have for my tours. The designers were thoughtful in creating a device that not only works with sweeping technology, allowing us to review the data later with the recording function, but they also gave us a safety light in case our dark spaces turn darker.

To my knowledge, you can only get this great little device from GhostStop’s website. It typically runs $89.95, but often goes on sale. Click the banner below to check it out.

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This will be episode 36 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

Let’s go Ghost Hunting!

If you are traveling to Charleston, SC or you live in the area, let’s go ghost hunting! Stories in the Cemetery is also an Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience. This is not your average walking ghost tour. You will be using tools of the trade including the SBox Ghost Box as mentioned in the above review.

Other tools used during the ghost hunt are the FLIR thermal imaging camera, SB-7 spirit box, laser grids and more. What’s even better than getting to use all these gadgets? You get the link to your specific ghost hunt’s data to further your investigation. I give you a quick analysis of what I found in the data as a collective and then you get to review it over and over again at your leisure.

Here is the August Tour Evidence Page: August 2020.

Tickets sell quickly and often book out on the weekends, but you can follow Stories in the Cemetery on Facebook to find out more, or you can just book your tickets at http://www.charlestoncavaliertours.com.