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Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley

Georgiana C. Kotarski

John F. Blair, Publisher
$14.95 paperback
5 x 8      
217 pages
black-and-white photos throughout
Published in 2006

It is hardly surprising that the southern Tennessee River Valley is thick with ghosts. Beneath its green hills lies the headless skeleton of John A. Murrell, “the Great Western Land Pirate,” whose name is still feared more than a century and a half after his death. The battles at Chickamauga and Chattanooga were among the bloodiest of the Civil War. Even now, troubled spirits wander the former killing fields and hospital sites.

The southern Tennessee Valley encompasses southeast Tennessee, northwest Georgia, and north Alabama. The thirty true ghost stories in this collection will introduce you to:

  • Captain Mary Greene of the Delta Queen, whose shade still oversees her grand riverboat as it paddles the broad Tennessee
  • The buried leg and the ghostly rocker of General John Bell Hood at Tunnel Hill, Georgia
  • The rock band driven from its Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, house by Civil War drums
  • The Moody Brick in Kyles, Alabama, risen twice from the ashes and as haunted as ever
  • Little Nina Craigmiles of Cleveland, Tennessee, a delicate child whose tears stain the white marble red in the churchyard where she rests

Readers of Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley will agree that this rich, well-documented collection is long overdue.




“. . . supernatural fare with vivid descriptions and abundant quotes. . . . [The stories] . . . wield plenty of cower-power thanks to her eloquent prose.” —Jan Galletta, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“This book does a very good job of capturing the history behind these ghost stories. Georgiana Kotarski not only tells the stories but also places them within their historical and cultural context by telling us about the settings, people, and eyewitnesses surrounding these ghost stories. She presents some of the most interesting ghost stories I have read in a long time. These stories are not only well researched but fun to read, especially for anyone who has ever lived or traveled through the haunts she describes. Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley is a great read!” —Amazon.com reviewer