Ghost Stories

Army of the Dead

A South Carolina Ghost Story

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

A laundress, newly moved to Charleston following the Civil War, found herself awakened at the stroke of twelve each night by the rumble of heavy wheels passing in the street. But she lived on a dead end street, and had no explanation for the noise. Her husband would not allow her to look out the window when she heard the sounds, telling her to leave well enough alone. Finally, she asked the woman who washed at the tub next to hers. The woman said: "What you are hearing is the Army of the Dead. They are Confederate soldiers who died in hospital without knowing that the war was over. Each night, they rise from their graves and go to reinforce Lee in Virginia to strengthen the weakened Southern forces."

The next night, the laundress slipped out of bed to watch the Army of the Dead pass. She stood spell-bound by the window as a gray fog rolled passed. Within the fog, she could see the shapes of horses, and could hear gruff human voices and the rumble of canons being dragged through the street, followed by the sound of marching feet. Foot soldiers, horsemen, ambulances, wagons and canons passed before her eyes, all shrouded in gray. After what seemed like hours, she heard a far off bugle blast, and then silence.

When the laundress came out of her daze, she found one of her arms was paralyzed. She has never done a full days washing since.


You can read a longer version of this spooky South Carolina ghost story in Spooky South by S.E. Schlosser.


scary enogh


that was the best storie Ever!

Uh...this was not scary!

that was a good storie

its really cool and entertaining



it was good i liked

why is her arm paralyzed

not bad

pretty scary

Why was her arm paralized?? i dont get it D:

good story...not that scary though

Erm it's very short. Not enough space for detail. Great though!

this wasn`t very scary story. but a great historical ghost legend

wow interesting, is there a clip??? Oh yeah, like why is her hand paralyzed???


I dident get the end..why couldent she move her arm...????

that was so not scary

her arm was paralyzed from fear and i guess this was an ok story


good story



on the computer i put this website on favorites

why was her arm paralyzed?!

what happened to her

i think it was boring

thats awsome dude

mannn tat was really scary

it's nice but still needs a little of something

I think her arm was paralyzed because she saw something that she was not supposed to see.

that was awsome

interesting :P

it was OK.

I like it

it wasnt scary but it could be

i bout peed my pants

pretty scary sounds good

i liked it was scary in its own way

her arm was paralyzed because she watched them
it says, "After what seemed like hours, she heard a far off bugle blast, and then silence."
the bugle blast. I think it's as if she was shot or something. so cause she watched them she cant wash anymore
and its an interesting story but could have been longer with more detail, not very scary

wow some people really know how to tell a good story lol

i had a similar experience in my home town of vanlear but my arms were not paralyzed.

i dont get how her arm is paralyzed over seeing that dont get it but it was mint

i read this story at night and when my father came home and opened the door i scremed!!

oh my!! i was scared..

cool loved it!!! :D

it was a little scary but i like really scary

it was good. i think her arm was paralized because of a ghost cannonball hitting her.


Intersting especially when your from the state it is from:)

it was not that scary but it was nice

omg that is so scary u did gud

i looooooooooove this story it was so scarey

i thought it was good....i really like it!!!

good storie

it is to scarry

love the Confederate soldiers coming out of the grave at night part

that was a good story

Not Scary at all!But it was a good storie.

i dont get it, why was her arm paralyzed?

IS THis Really A True Story ? Please Tell Me !!! I REally wanted To Know ! And THanks for the story

it was a little be scared <3

It's an ok story, but not very scary.

that was a great story!!! i wonder y her arm was paralyzed

Ummm.. cool i just don't get the end. :? Why is her arm paralyzed.... not scary but is was really good.

that was so not scary it needs to sound real and it needs to make people sleep with one eye open at night

Very good story...not that scary though,needs more detail why was her arm parilyzed?

It was ok it but it was short. Her arm was paralyzed because of the blast.

Is this a ghost story?????

kinda coolbut short

it was very intertaning i liked it

scary but not that scarey!

hi this in my opinion was not scary but i DONT care it was still a story and btw

tomorrows halloween! !!!!!!!! ahhhhhhh

this is a good story but not really scary&y is her arm parallized [did i spell dat right]

thaat was boring.

That was ok, but kinda dumb. I mean, why was her arm paryalazed? Sorry if that's spelled wrong.

The story doesdn't end like that

spooky storie almost screamed

Good ana Cool Story

well it was awsome!!!

Yeah, this is a good one.
I read the original in "The Doctor to the Dead."
Which also has many other stories like this and then some.


The part about her arms being paralyzed was kinda scary cause it was mysterious but the rest wasn't but it would have been if it had more detail.

Wow wierd

I dont really get it... I mean it was a great storie and all but I didnt think it was that scary. But my cousin is under her bed crying.

i like your stories

that was so cool I thout my brother was a goast wants I was asleep and I heard a big BANG BANG BANG and I woke up and screamed

Really good story,
I like it.

You know how some soldiers come back from the war with damage to them, sometimes paralyzed? Especially bodyparts that they need for work back's kind of like that, I think...:) Just a guess. Good story.

good story, NOT BORRRRRING like that other person said. if u know anything about the paranormal, u would know what was wrong with her arm. u get me.

I think it is a very good story.

not scary but good

it wasnt scary but i like it

not scary.

very different not scary:]

I think its pretty good.Not to scary to tell my little brothers and sister

it's a good history... I was scared.....



good but not scary whatsoever

thatz a scary book.

needs more detals ok pleas right a new one and put more detals

It was Ok not scary, but well written

it was ok but it wasnt that scary but i liked it

The story was not that bad.

nice like the end

not scary


i loved it

This story is interesting but its not scary. It would be scarier if she got possessed.

more details more details

i carnt belive i read that.
it was realy scary.

good but could be longer


nice story

not scary im 12 and that is not scary!!!!!!!!!!!



Not very scary

so funny

creepy and weird

make more like this

lol this one is funny

this makes NO sense at all, what does an arm have to do with the army of the dead!?!?

I have the book to this story. Its way different.

i love it

not bad......



awesome story

Her arm is paralyzed because they shot her with the cannon, but since they were ghosts they couldn't blow the arm off.

scary and awsome

cool i want more!

not scary more like sad

Thats so creapy its really cool

wow its so fun spooky how she heard them

wow its weird and scary but why was her arm paralized? someone tell me!!


I frequently read the scary stories,and this one is the best!

ok...but not that scary.

I loved it and how could she hear the wagons,horses and the men there ghosts they float they don't walk on the ground.

Kinda different. Like the historical factor.

i dont think its scary its more sad

Her husband was correct, sometimes it is best to all whom it may or may not concern to leave well enough alone.

We have all learned a lesson here, it is better to leave well enough alone than feed your curiousity unless it is worth it to you that once your curiousity is satisfied you will have life changes so!

but y did the ghost shot her?????????????

that was not as scary as i hoped

i loved it it was amazing

not scary more like sad

more sad than scary... but i love it :) and it was very entertaining. the history was great too ;)

not scary an di'm 13

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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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