The OES visited Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery on November 10, 2001. Camp Chase was a Civil War camp that was established in May 1861. While the camp originally was much larger, today it is about the size of a football field. Camp Chase was a training camp for Ohio's soldiers, a parole camp, a muster-out post, and a prisoner-of-war camp. More than 150,000 Union troops and over 9,400 Confederate prisoners passed through Camp Chase between 1861 and 1865 when it closed at the end of the war. All of the buildings were dismantled and the wood was used to mark the graves of 2,260 Confederate prisoners buried in the cemetery. The first memorial service was held in 1895 and a history of the camp was written in 1906. The memorial arch was erected in 1902.
The cemetery is said to be haunted by the Lady in Gray. It is believed the Lady in Gray was Louisiana Ransburgh Briggs, who in life, would go to the cemetery late at night to place flowers on the graves of the fallen Confederate soldiers. It seems she has continued this routine in death. At the tombstone of Benjamin Allen of the 50th Tennessee Volunteers, fresh flowers mysteriously appear on a regular basis. Crying has also been heard on many occasions. Once during a Civil War re-enactment, many participants heard the crying, which was followed by a huge gust of wind that blew over tables and tents. Many believe it was the Lady in Gray.
On the day we visited, there was a flower on Benjamin Allen's grave. We obtained odd EMF readings in various areas, mostly near tombstones. Who knows, maybe the Lady in Gray was there that day, but we didn't experience anything unusual. During a return trip to Camp Chase Cemetery on October 14, 2006, to film a story with ABC/FOX NewsCenter, we did manage to capture two possible EVPs. The first was actually heard through headphones in real-time, sounding like a woman whispering, but the background noise was too extensive to determine what was being said. The second EVP was captured during OES Founder Jason Robinson's on-camera interview. It sounded like a woman or child saying, "Who's this?" as reporter Sean Cuellar asks a question. Stop by Camp Chase sometime and just maybe you'll bump into the Lady in Gray. For historical photos of Camp Chase, click here. To see the Fox 28 NewsCenter broadcast about Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, click here. For first-hand witness accounts, click here.