Fort Delaware, Pea Patch Island, Delaware, USA, is a (now inactive) Fort and later POW prison. Pea Patch Island had been owned by the US military since the 1810s. They had seized it of a doctor named Gale who had been using it as a private hunting ground and had refused to sell it. Construction of Fort Delaware was started in 1817 in order to protect the Delaware river from enemies.
The Fort was built with a moat and its location meant that it was unable to reach by any means other then boat. During the second civil war it became prisoner of war prison for Confederates (Including most of the troops captured at Gettysburg). The fort was not made to hold such large numbers of prisoners. Even after they started building wooden barracks around the island, many fights took place among prisoners and there were food shortages. As a result. whilst Fort Delaware housed 40,000 prisoners in its lifetime, a total of 2,900 prisoners died at the fort.
After the Civil War and after the prisoners had all been released, the fort was used to organize the Ahl's Heavy Artillery Company, an organization that trained troops who could specialize in artillery. After this the fort became inactive. In 1947 the US Government declared that Fort Delaware and Pea Patch Island would be a national park, and thus so the fort and the island have been preserved perfectly.
The Fort is said to be haunted.
The Ghost known as Private Stefano is the ghost of an Italian immigrant who had joined the Union Army. Stefano was one of the fort's many guards. There is a flight of stairs near the entrance to the fort that gets wet and slippy during humid weather. One time Private Stefano was summoned and he ran and slipped on the stairs and fell over. He fell down several feet's of stairs and broke his neck in the process and cracked his skull open when he hit the bottom of the stairs. He died there and then.
Since then people have reported banging noises coming from that particular flight of stairs. This haunting typically happens if someone is reciting Stefano's story near the bottom of the stairs. People say that you are also able to provoke this haunting by standing at the bottom of the stairs and calling Private Stefano's name. Occasionally (but rarely) a figure is seen at the bottom of the stairs, though this figure usually only briefly appears then disappears.
In the Mess Hall it is reported that the ghost of a cleaner often walks into the mess hall and cleans where the mantle place once was. The ghost then walks through a door that has been bricked up and now leads to nowhere. This ghost is a typical record skip ghost. It will not react to anyone. Nobody knows the exact name or identity of this ghost but it can be presumed that this ghost was a servant.
The Kitchen GhostEdit
Another unnamed ghost is that of the Kitchen Ghost. In what was the officers' kitchen, it has been reported that a female ghost often walks in and checks the cooking equipment. Once during a Re-enactment, the reenactors were reenacting life as a kitchen workers by preparing soup in the kitchen. The ghost suddenly appeared once they started cooking and checked the soup, and even picked up the equipment and helped stirred the soup for a while, smiled at the reenactors. Then she walked through a wall.
It can be presumed that this ghost is the ghost of a cook. She seems particularly connected to the kitchen, only ever appearing in the kitchen or if someone is talking about the kitchen.