This Abandoned Fort In Delaware Is One Of The Most Haunted Places In The World

Fort Delaware, sitting on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River, has a rich history that you may have learned about on a school field trip. Originally constructed in 1859, the Fort was used as a Prison Camp for Confederate Prisoners of War during the Civil War. Later, it was used as to store guns and protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia during the Spanish American War.

Fort Delaware was notorious for its role as a prison, and the majority of those captured came from the hellish battlefields at Gettysburg. General Albin F. Schoepf was in charge of the Fort at that time, and he was known to the Confederate Soldiers as “General Terror.” With nearly 13,000 prisoners kept in wooden barracks, the conditions in Fort Delaware were horrifying. Food rations were tiny and nearly inedible, water was putrefied, and prisoners were so tortured that sergeants would throw rats into the crowds and watch them scramble for a warm meal, all the while laughing at their struggle. Scurvy, smallpox and severe malnutrition were prevalent.

It’s not a surprise, then, that many of the 2700 men who perished in the camp (and even those who lived to see their freedom realized) continue to haunt Fort Delaware, seeking to tell their story to those who walk the haunted halls.

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If you’d like to get a good feeling for what to expect on a Fort Delaware Paranormal Investigation, check out this video from WHYY:

What do you think about the hauntings of Fort Delaware? If you love all things spooky, check out the Ghosts of Woodburn in Dover, too.