The Tombstone of Stonewall Jackson’s arm


Whilst most of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was buried in a Lexington, Virginia, cemetery that now bears his name, he was so famous at the time of his death that his amputated left arm was buried in its own separate grave.

On May 2, 1863, General “Stonewall” Jackson and his army had just launched a devastating attack against Union forces at Chancellorsville. Returning to his own lines with several staff officers, Jackson, ever the aggressive soldier, decided to conduct reconnaissance in the area. As he and his men through the woods near Confederate lines, a North Carolina regiment, unable to see who was riding up on them, opened fire. Jackson was struck by three bullets, two of them shattering his left arm. The general was evacuated from the area and given medical treatment, but the arm couldn’t be saved and was amputated. Pneumonia set in, and on May 10, 1863, the South lost its most effective tactician. While Jackson’s body would travel to Lexington, where he had taught before the war, his severed arm would receive its own burial.

Thinking that the limb of such great a solider was too precious to simply throw on the regular body part trash pile, Jackson’s unofficial company chaplain, Reverend Tucker Lacy wrapped the arm in a blanket and took it to his brothers home that was nearby. The reverend gave the limb a standard Christian burial and placed a marker above the site.

But Stonewall’s arm would not get the peace it deserved.
Union soldiers apparently exhumed the arm in 1864. Although they apparently reburied it, no one knows if it was in the same spot or somewhere else. Many years later in 1903, former Confederate soldier James Power Smith set a stone in the cemetery, marking the graveyard as the resting place of Stonewall Jackson’s arm. If there was anyone who knew the true whereabouts of the arm in 1903 it would’ve been Smith, who had served as Jackson’s aide-de-camp during the war and had then married into the Lacy family. Still, some suspected that he may have intentionally mismarked the location of the arm to protect it from treasure-seekers.

The Grave marker for General “Stonewall” Jacksons arm can be found at the Lacy family graveyard at Ellwood Manor in Orange County, Virginia.


Gravity Hill – Laurinburg, North Carolina

gravity hill richfield nc

North Carolina’s Gravity Hill is quite the mystery. It is true that life is often stranger than fiction, especially when things like this unexplainable anomaly perplex us, and the bizarre science of it all defies what we know about nature.

One such strange phenomenon exists in the Sandhills region of North Carolina and is called Gravity Hill.

In the city of Richfield, you’ll find a hill that as it’s namesake inclines, literally defies the laws of gravity. It is unknown if this behavior is caused by the paranormal or if it’s just an optical illusion, but many claim it is the result of confederate soldier ghosts being pushed and are still trying to get up that hill.

If you visit this location, you’ll see that there is definitive proof your car will go up the hill.

One version of the story is that years ago on a dark night, on Richfield Road, a young mother and her child were driving. Suddenly, her car stalled. Quickly, she got out and attempted to push the car up the hill to safety. Just as she reached the top, a truck carelessly sped along the dark street. Without time to properly brake, the truck struck the mother and child. Both died instantly.

But the mother and young child did not quite leave Gravity Hill. No, it seems the mother is continuously living that night over and over…but now, your car can be the one she pushes up the hill.

Stop at the bottom of Gravity Hill and put baby powder on the trunk of your car. Sit in your car and wait. Suddenly….you’ll feel your car being pushed up the hill. No…you’ll literally be going up the hill. But don’t freak out! Because once you get to the top…you’ll see handprints on the back of your car.

If you think this is the stuff of legends, just ask the hundreds of people who have tried this before…and experienced it for themselves!

And then there are those who like the science, the facts, and the ‘truth’ over a spooky story or a fun late night experience.

Their argument is that the hill is actually an optical illusion. While your eyes and sense of gravity perceive you as going uphill, the hill is actually going down.

Your car was never going uphill to begin with…you were just coasting on a downward slope while believing a mother and child ghost were pushing your car.

But sometimes science is proved invalid, and in this case…it’s up to YOU if you want to believe in fact, fiction, or mystery. You can find Gravity Hill in Richfield, adorned in graffiti with markers on the beginning and end.

If you want more proof….watch this YouTube video below.

Have you experienced Gravity Hill for yourself? What do you believe about this ‘mystery?’ Tell us your stories and thoughts in the comments!

Full list of gravity hills around the world

WRAL news story on Gravity Hill

Haunted Inn Wilmington, NC

The Investigation Eastern Paranormal did three investigations of this inn, in Wilmington, NC. Some great EVP’s were gotten from this site as well as photo’s.