Thank you to the anonymous contributor for submitting
their account of the paranormal activity that takes place around
Portland, Ohio. Portland and nearby Buffington Island was the site of
Ohio's largest Civil War battle. Residents of the town have reported
seeing ghostly soldiers. Both the contributor and his wife have seen the
same old Confederate soldier, albeit a year apart.
In July of 1863 there was a
Civil War battle in Portland, Ohio named the Battle of Buffington
Island. There were over 50 Confederates and at least 20 Union soldiers
killed. The graves of the Confederate soldiers were not marked and some
were left in the woods to rot. Also there is an Indian Mound not but a
few hundred yards from where this happened.
One morning my wife woke, made
breakfast for the children, and as she was doing the dishes, she looked
out the window which is located over the sink and seen an old man. He
had a beard, dressed in the homespun attire of the Confederate army of
the Civil War period. He came from under a large pine tree (the kind
that looks like a large Christmas tree with branches coming to the
ground). He walked from under the branches and looked my wife in the
eye. They stood looking at each other for a few seconds, making eye
contact with each other the entire time. Then he turned and walked up
the drive and onto the state highway. He walked maybe 30 feet, went off
the road to the right and just started to fade. Each step he took, he
faded until he was no longer visible. There was no fog as this was
around 9 AM on a clear, sunny day in July.
A year later I watched an older
gentleman, dressed about the same way, leading a large brown and white
horse. He had tall boots and a large rimmed hat. He was walking along
the yard, went up the drive, behind the garage and did not appear on the
other side. My children, cousin and I went in every which direction to
find the horseman, but he was no where to be found. He had disappeared.
This happened in the morning on a rainy day in July.
A lot of people in the area see
things, hear things and feel things that are not there. The family who
lives in the house that served as one of the two field hospitals says
that they hear and see things all the time. "I know the place is
haunted," is what she says. I agree. Not only is her house haunted, but
the fields, woods, cemeteries, Indian Mound and basically the whole
Portland area have VERY strange things happening!