Advance Worldwide Press Release:
The True Spirit Of Gettysburg
Two Photographs Capture Union Ghost On Film

July 1-3rd will be the 145th Anniversary of the historic Battle of Gettysburg, where an estimated 51,000 Americans were killed, wounded or presumed missing in action. It is said that the town of Gettysburg, PA, the surrounding battlefields and dwellings are “haunted by spirits” and numerous incidents have been reported and documented through the years. However, until now, there has never been an actual photo of a “ghost or spirit”. Perhaps, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is more truth than passion -
”That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

On November 12, 2001 photographer Enrico Barone was visiting Gettysburg accompanied by a friend, for a historic getaway. They drove for hours from home to visit the battlefield. Inside the Ginnie Wade house at approximately 2:55PM, Enrico captured on APS (Advanced Photographic System) film two photographs of what is believed to be“ a full apparition of a Union soldier”. It is assumed he was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. A well-respected Gettysburg Civil War historian viewed the photos and confirmed that the “soldier is wearing a traditional four button sack coat and kepi hat”. The soldier’s face, ear, shoulder, arm and left hand are visible and illuminated by the late fall afternoon sun streaming through a window of the Ginnie Wade house. Also visible in the photo are the soldier’s black string tie, white cotton shirt and handlebar mustache. Several photographic authorities have examined the “spirit photos” and it is agreed there is “someone in the shots and the photos could not have been doctored in any way”.

According to Enrico Barone, “These two haunting images are so powerful and significant, I feel it’s our obligation to try and help find the identity of this poor soldier’s spirit and to tell, wherever possible, his story.” Enrico has set out on a mission to find this soul’s identity and perhaps answer the question why he was chosen and what does it mean. The web site is being launched, ahead of the book The True Spirit Of Gettysburg, to coincide and commemorate the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this July 2008.
George Dassinger
Dassinger Creative Services

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