The Cherry Mansion, located on Main Street in Savannah, TN was built around 1830 by David Robinson, who in turn gave it to his daughter when she married W. H. Cherry. Cherry was a wealthy man, who owned much land, and many slaves. During the Civil War, Cherry was an ardent Union Sympathizer, as were many people in Savannah. Mr. Cherry always opened his home to Union soldiers.
In 1862, just before the Battle of Shiloh, some Union soldiers, including General U. S. Grant, were welcomed into the mansion. In fact, Grant was there in the mansion during the first hours of the battle, reportedly recovering from a night of binge drinking. Even so, had it not been for Mr. Cherry making his home so opening, and welcoming Union forces, the outcome of Shiloh may have been different.
Today, Cherry Mansion is a privately owned home, but is marked by a historical marker. For years, owners have said the house is haunted, though no one has ever been harmed by the ghosts. Among the more common activity reported here are typical ghostly activity: apparitions, loud noises, and the occasional voice. Many passersby have reported seeing a man dressed in a Civil War era military uniform peering out of an upstairs window.
In 1976, a well documented ghostly occurrence happened. Four people witnessed a man dressed in a white suit walking down the street. Something about him just didn't seem right. He walked up to the medal historical marker, and read it very carefully. Then he vanished!
What ghosts haunt the mansion and the land around it? No one knows. During the War, Union General Wallace suffered mortal wounds, and died in the mansion. Could it be his ghost? Or perhaps that of General Grant? Or someone who is forgotten today? Your guess is as good as anyone else's.
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