Q. Is Fort Fisher haunted? I have heard Kure Beach police see the ghosts so often they are used to them.
A. According to the folks at Port City Paranormal (PCP), historic Fort Fisher is indeed haunted.
Founders Doug and Jane Anderson report that PCP was the last team granted permission for a nighttime investigation in Nov. 2008. They were drawn to the site by the numerous stories of ghostly soldiers and the sounds of Civil War battles that took place all along Pleasure Island.
“Unexplained phenomena have been reported from every neighborhood on this stretch of land,” said Doug Anderson. “Our records show calls for help with paranormal activity come from this part of New Hanover County more than any other area. The spirit activity varies from disembodied voices, to shadows, ghosts and even PK (psychokinetic) activity.”
During their investigation, PCP investigators arrived before dark to gather baseline readings and set up their equipment. It was a clear night, with little wind and under a new moon. Temperatures were registered at 40-45 degrees. Splitting into two teams, the group then walked the grounds, in search of the spirits of fallen Civil War soldiers.
Jane Anderson said, “There was a static energy to the air that night. Many of the team commented on their feelings of being watched and followed as we roamed the bunker areas.”
The PCP team debunked one of the phenomenon often heard at the Fort – the thunderous sound of cannon fire. Doug Anderson said, “From far away, we heard the sound of cannon fire, echoing across the river. We realized the eerie sounds were not echoes of past events but only the hollow boom of shipping containers being loaded aboard a barge.”
After determining the source of the booms, the team spent an active night at Fort Fisher. They heard the presence of footsteps on wooden planks; heard disembodied voices; had equipment malfunction, and even experienced what they believe to have been physical contact.
“We all had some type of personal experience that night,” said Doug Anderson. “One member felt something tap their neck several times and turned to find no one there; and our two-way radios chirped to life for no apparent reason.”
The most significant phenomenon of the evening though was a pair of figures seen running amid a dense yellow mist. Seeking to identify the source of some shadows, Doug Anderson and another investigator saw what they at first thought were other members of the PCP team in the field. It was not.
“Doug was puzzled but continued to watch as two figures ran through the yellow haze, glowing in the middle of the field,” explained Jane Anderson. “As he watched, he noticed the two men were dressed in tan and were running in a crouched position through the dusty light. Before Doug could reach his camera, the light faded and the mist disappeared.”
Were these men the spirits of long-fallen Civil War soldiers? Jane Anderson said, “We think that this was a place memory, with such strong emotional energy that it became imprinted on the land.”
The Kure Beach Police Department was contacted for this story. A representative had no recollection of reports of paranormal activity and declined comment.
For more information on local ghostly encounters, go to Port City Paranormal’s Web site: www.portcityparanormal.com.
Date posted: February 27, 2013
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