Ghosts of Georgia Investigation report

On November 28, 2017, GOGPI investigated claims of paranormal activity at Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores, AL. The activity reported at the home is as follows: Then have been a variety of activity report by many people over the years including apparitions, shadows, being touch, loud boom sounds, disembodied voices, etc.

Special thanks,  to all the wonderful people that assisted us in setting up the investigation and provided us with valuable information and history about Fort Morgan. We recommend visiting this wonderful historic site and taking a tour. It’s great for the whole family.

Investigators & people present at investigation: Investigators – Ed Laughlin, Brian Daffern, Beth Peters, Christie & Chris Bradley

 

Moonrise, moonset and phase calendar:

2017 Moonrise/Moonset Meridian Passing
Dec Moonrise Moonset Moonrise Time Distance (mi) Illumination

 

9 12:39 pm (281°) 6:00 am (66.5°) 234,008 59.5%

Weather Data – Gulf Shores AL, December 9th, 2017

Temperature
Mean Temperature 38 °F
Max Temperature 46 °F 63 °F 75 °F (2007)
Min Temperature 30 °F 46 °F 26 °F (2006)
Degree Days
Heating Degree Days 27
Moisture
Dew Point 30 °F
Average Humidity 82
Maximum Humidity 100
Minimum Humidity 43
Precipitation
Precipitation 0.03 in – ()
Sea Level Pressure
Sea Level Pressure 30.17 in
Wind
Wind Speed 6 mph (NW)
Max Wind Speed 17 mph
Max Gust Speed 23 mph
Visibility 10 miles
Events Rain , Snow


Equipment used by Investigators
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Cameras: Two Canon Rebel digital cameras, Samsung digital camera, Fuji S602 digital camera, Tasco infrared trail camera, iPhone 5S Camera/Video, numerous IR Video Cameras connected to a J2000 DVR. Nikon Coolpix L28 Full Spectrum digital camera, Bell & Howell IR Camcorder, JVC Everio Camcorder, T700 Full spectrum Camcorder, DDV-2200 full spectrum video camcorder, Insignia full spectrum HD camera/video recorder, MagiCam Mini Camcorder, FLIR Bcam w/SD, set of full spectrum POV glasses.

DVR: Black HD-SDI H.264

EMF Meters: Electro Sensor EMF Meter, Cell Sensor, Digital EMF Detectors, Mel-8704R-KII, Mel-8704-R, several K-II Meters.

Audio Recorders: Sony P210 digital voice recorder, 2- Sony digital recorders, Olympus D-10 digital voice recorder, RCA digital recorder Olympus VN-4100PC. Spion Parabolic Dish.

Thermometers: Cen-Tech mini non-contact infrared digital thermometer and an Omega HH68K ambient thermometer. Mel-8704R-KII has ambient thermometer included.

Other: 2-P-SB7 frequency sweep radio( spirit box ), P-SB11 spirit box, Spirit voice receiver, Boo Buddy Bear, Laser Grid, Compaq Presario Laptop, Dell Laptop, Ovilus M, Altec speaker, 2- Rem Pods, Mobile Kinect, various flashlights.

Condition of Fort Morgan:

The current Fort Morgan open in 1834 and has gone through many renovations over the years to update it for the different wars it was used for along with training of troops. It is in good condition and is well kept thanks to all the hard work of all the people that take care of it.

Start DVR 8:46 pm – Investigation 9:05 pm – End Investigation 6:00 am – Stop DVR 5:44 am

Base Readings were done at the beginning of the investigation as we entered each room.

No unusual EMF or temperature readings were recorded during the base readings.

After Equipment Set Up – Investigation Began 9:05 pm

We investigated all the areas of the fort that were open to us. During the investigation in each area we would take meter readings, EMF and temperature, take digital pictures and video recordings. along with some stationary cameras we had set up. We conducted EVP sessions in each are to see if we could get some audio responses.

 

End Investigation: 6:00 am

 

Findings:

GOGPI was called in to investigate the above claims of activity. We set up stationary cameras in the reported active areas. We then started investigating the rooms by taking EMF and temperature readings, all were within normal limits, and conducting EVP sessions throughout the Fort.

We did not get anything on our videos or in our digital pictures. We did record a number of EVP’s. All investigators had some personal experiences, listed below.

With the stories of activity by numerous people over the years, the EVP’s we collected, the personal experiences by the investigators we feel that there is paranormal activity at the fort and it is indeed haunted. While we were there we did not feel any negative presences and feel that the spirits that are there do not mean any harm. We would like to go back and see if we can duplicate the same evidence to validate what we have collected.

 

Ed Laughlin

Ghosts of Georgia Paranormal Investigations

Personal Experience summaries from investigators on the investigation.

Chris Bradley

While setting up the cameras I had went out side to the tunnel camera and was adjusting it. While there I heard and felt a small boom, a few seconds later I heard a loud boom and felt the vibration in my chest. While at base I kept hearing what sounded like movement in the room beside us.

Christie Bradley

I heard a faint boom and felt its vibration while at base.

I heard and felt a second louder boom just moments after the first boom while at base.

Beth Peters

I heard two very large booms, like explosions from our base camp and felt the rumbling through the floor.

I heard a female’s voice on two different occasions.

Ed Laughlin

While sitting at base, in a room in Battery Duportail, and after setting up cameras I heard and felt two loud boom sounds that shook the room we were sitting in, I could feel the vibrations in the walls and floor. Approximately five to seven minutes later there were two more boom sounds that shook the walls and floor.

During the investigation while taking a break at base I heard what sounded like shuffling footsteps outside the room in the hallway.

While investigating one of the rooms in Battery Duportail I heard what sounded like a loud squeak noise like one of the metal doors being closed or opened.

While investing in the Northwest corner of the fort Brian was asking questions during an EVP session and I heard a loud bang noise. Shortly after the noise Brain saw an unexplained light on the ceiling right behind me, I turned and saw it, it then disappeared. As I turned away I saw a light streak across the wall in front of me, no one was around us with lights at the time. We tried to reproduce what we saw but could not.

Brian Daffern

At base, felt a rumbling and two loud sounds like bombs.  The whole room vibrated.

Saw weird light pay with Ed.  First above his head and then streak away.

Heard footsteps in the tunnel

Heard a female voice at base camp and another time just outside

Had intelligent flashlight activity for close to 10 min

Heard squeak noise in the D Battery

Was attacked by birds on two different occasions.

 

 RESEARCH ON PROPERTY

Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, AL

HISTORY

For over 100 years, Fort Morgan played an important role in the defense of Mobile Bay and the state of Alabama. Fort Bowyer was built in this area during the War of 1812 to protect the entrance to Mobile Bay from possible British attach. Fort Bowyer was actually built out of logs and sand, which were the best materials that could be found in the area at the time. The fort was attacked twice and one seized by British troops, but was turned back over to the American people as the result of a treaty signed at the end of the war. After that, Fort Bowyer was responsible for defending Mobile Bay into the 1820s.

In 1819, construction on a much bigger and stronger fort was ordered. Although mortar and brick were available in the area, construction materials such as finished granite, iron works, sandstone, and cement had to be brought in by boat from New York. Construction of what would become Fort Morgan took years, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and carried out by African-American slaves. For years, this project was only known as “Work on Mobile Point” until it was formally named after Daniel Morgan, a hero of the Revolutionary War, in 1833. Construction was completed and Fort Morgan opened in 1834.

Fort Morgan was seized by the state of Alabama and turned over to the Confederate Army in early 1861 and soon became a pivotal defensive station throughout the American Civil War. Blockade runners entering Mobile Bay to convey materials to and from the Confederacy relied on Fort Morgan for their protection. Despite attempts by the Confederate Army to defend this point, Fort Morgan found itself under siege by Union forces and was eventually captured late in 1864. After the Civil War ended, Fort Morgan continued to be used to defend Mobile Bay from potential attacks. In 1895, refortifications and improvements were made to the area. Between 1900 and 1923, Fort Morgan was the largest permanent military installation in the entire state of Alabama and house in Baldwin County.

Between 1845 and 1900, Fort Morgan was fortified with 5 concrete batteries with the latest in fire-power, electric, and top-tier communications. Fort Morgan was hit by several natural disasters in the form of hurricanes between 1906 and 1916 which caused major damage to the structure and officers quarters along the coast and though the fort remained operational it was the beginning of the end of an illustrious fort that had served the military proudly.

During World War I, Fort Morgan was again put to use when 2,000 troops were stationed there. After the war, Fort Morgan was ordered closed and abandoned in 1923. Despite the belief that the military was done using Fort Morgan as a defensive point, the area was once again called into use by the U.S. military during World War II. In 1941, units from the 50th Coast Artillery Regiment renewed their defenses at Fort Morgan and remained there until 1944 when Fort Morgan was closed for good.

 

REPORTED PARANORMAL BEHAVIOR

  • Activity here includes strange mists, shadow figures, unusual noises and a sudden feeling of dread followed by an unknown man’s apparition. 
  • Another ghost of the fort is said to be a woman who was drugged and brought to the fort by unknown men, and she was beaten, raped and murdered. She is said to wander around the fort, in search of justice. 
  • It is rumored that visitors can hear the cries and screams of men late into the night. 
  • People have seen men in confederate uniforms hidden in the shadows
  • Large orbs
  • Sudden feeling of being out of breath

Findings

Below are some of the EVP’s we recorded from the investigation.  Since some of the EVP’s are faint we recommend turning up the sound and listening with headphones. What we hear in the EVP’s is listed below.


What we hear:

  1. “Burr” or “Un-burr” first voice in the clip
  2. Dog bark and growl, no one heard a dog all nigh. This was a recorder left by itself near the tunnel entering the courtyard.
  3. Sounds like “Getting warm water”, it’s hard to hear but it wasn’t an investigator talking.
  4. “Or after” between the female and male investigators.
  5. “Don’t care where I’m buried, um”
  6. “Yes” or “Yeah” female or child’s voice.

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