ELITE Paranormal of Kansas City
Mine Creek Battlefield
ELITE Paranormal of Kansas City had the opportunity to investigate the Mine Creek Battlefield in Pleasanton, Kansas. The location is the site of one of the major cavalry battles of the Civil War. After the Battle of Westport in October 1864, General Price’s Confederate Army were retreating south through Kansas on their way to Oklahoma and Arkansas. It was at this location that two brigades of Union Cavalry under the command of Colonels Benteen and Phillips caught the Confederates trying to ford the creek.
In a quick cavalry charge, the Union Army of 2,500 was able to rout the 7,000 Confederates. There were around 1,300 casualties for both armies combined with most coming from the Confederate side. It is documented that up to as many as 1000 Confederates were captured including Generals Marmaduke and Cabell. Some Confederate prisoners were executed on the site for wearing captured Union uniforms. Many of the casualties were also buried in mass graves somewhere on the battlefield.
This investigation was to be the first ever conducted at night on the battlefield. We were joined by members of Kansas City Paranormal Investigations. We started out by setting up a base station at the Visitor’s Center and we broadcast Civil War era music and sounds from Civil War battles throughout the battlefield. We also used a magnetic microphone in order to send out these sounds electronically. The idea behind this is to seed the battlefield and ignite activity. We then attempted Spirit Box sessions and Echovox sessions at the Visitor’s Center.
We then moved out as a group into the battlefield which is an extremely huge area. All of our equipment had to be carried throughout the battlefield on our backs. The battlefield itself was very wet and we had to walk through a lot of standing water. We attempted more spirit box and Echovox sessions at several key points throughout the battlefield. The environment was very difficult to investigate due to the noise from bugs, trains and cars. We did capture some EVP evidence as well as many responses on the MEL-SB7 Spirit Box and the Echovox application. Some disembodied voices were heard by different members but they were hard to capture due to the wildlife noise.
We want to thank the Kansas State Historical Society for this wonderful opportunity to investigate this location at night! Please visit this wonderful historical site.
BF = Open Battlefield Area
BS = Possible Burial Site Area
CR = The Mine Creek Crossing
MN = The Monument area near the visitor’s center
TR = Trail area
VC = The Visitor’s Center Base Station
SB7 = Captured from the MEL-SB7 Ghost Box