Stories from the Battlefield

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 8:47 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 8:47 AM EDT

Fort Erie, Canada (WKBW)- Just over the Peace Bridge in Canada lies a piece of history. Maybe even Ghosts left behind from the War of 1812.

"Mr. Kingsly and he served here at Fort Erie. We have his bed. The ghost story that lingers around the bed has to do with how he died. He died of a fever, which usually ended in fits for people. So where the bed goes so does the Captain," Superintendent for Niagara Parks Jim Hill said.

It' is Old Fort Erie and it tells many stories. Some stories are fact.

"This fort was fought over and changes hands a number of hands and the worst fighting takes place here," Hill said.

Other stories are fiction. The fort even holds Ghost tours, passing on stories about the bloody battles that took place there.

"The ghost tours evolve from all the stories that linger in the neighborhood that wraps around the fort. They just developed into stories of spooky scary things," Hill said.

Organizers said they combine the fact and fiction to draw people in, educating them about the fort.

"We want to be respectful to the things that actually went on these were real people but it turns on the tradition of story telling and oral history," Hill said.

Archeology students Duncan Williams said his class is digging for artifacts that create this story. They discovered pieces of clothing, buttons, gun fragments and many other items from nearly 200 years ago.

"The little elements of every day lives that are preserved in the ground that we dig up. These can sort of add on to the ghost stories," Williams said.

Williams said with a little bit of hard fact and some creativity. He said you could learn a lot a Fort Erie while having a ghostly good time.

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