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This one is absurdly old, but I did run down some of the witnesses who are still alive.
Seems back in the early 70's near Petersburg a group of people saw an apperition that also made a noise. They were exploring the battlefield when they came across a trench filled with bodies (or so they say) and it immediatly became very dark. In this darkness they could see lanterns bobbing around and the sound of voices calling out the names of regiments and people in the dark, as though these people were lost.
They left post haste, and returned with more people. Surprisingly, the trench was there, though quite empty. The people I spoke to about it were quite adamant to this day about what they saw, but I was not able ot track down any further information. Battlefield ghosts are not uncommon, however, and the struggle for Petersburg left more then one mass grave that was dug up for reburial after the war.
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Now, are you differentiating between sounds made of their own accord (i.e. something akin to speaking) and sounds made from movement (i.e. walking or opening doors)?
I think a ghost that is visible and "talks" and/or smells funny is going to be a rare thing. Energy is required to manifest in any form and though I'm no scientist, it seems to me that there should be a finite amount of energy to be used in one area. I mean if energy could be drawn from far away sources I think more ghosts could be seen/heard/smelt.
I am not really differentiating between noise from movement such as walking and other noises such as speaking. I am just trying to guage how rare apparitions that are seen and heard at the same time are. For instance, there are many stories of apparitions giving spoken messages to people but could that really happen? Does it really happen?
One would suppose it would depend on the nature and, for lack of a better term, power, of the apparition.
Just as not all apparitions would seem to recreate past events or send objects hurtiling through the air, some might be capable (assuming they were so inclined) of speaking while others might not.
I can say that the only time I've been able to get first hand accounts of such a thing as a visable apprition speaking was the above mentioned, though I've heard plenty of accounts of hearing voices but not seeing, or seeing and not hearing.
There was an account (though I consider it dubious since I've never interviewed the people in question) of a ghost manifesting and speaking at Gettysburg during a Civil War reenactment. Amusingly, the witnesses mistook him for a fellow reenactor until he abruptly vanished.
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What does a silent ghost tell us? That it is too weak to manifest visually and have full audio? Does it say anything about the possibilities of it being or not being a spirit? If they are hallucinations of somekind surely we'd have more people hallucinating both audio and visual.
I don't think it actually tells us anything Don and if anything it may just be an observation.
No, I don't think the purpose of this discussion is to determine what, if anything, these noises - or lack thereof - tell us.
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