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Creepypasta

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A laundress, newly moved to Charleston following the Civil War, found herself awakened at the stroke of twelve each night by the rumble of heavy wheels passing in the street. But she lived on a dead end street, and had no explanation for the noise. Her husband would not allow her to look out the window when she heard the sounds, telling her to leave well enough alone.

Finally, she asked the woman who washed at the tub next to hers. The woman said: “What you are hearing is the Army of the Dead. They are Confederate soldiers who died in hospital without knowing that the war was over. Each night, they rise from their graves and go to reinforce Lee in Virginia to strengthen the weakened Southern forces.”

The next night, the laundress slipped out of bed to watch the Army of the Dead pass. She stood spell-bound by the window as a Gray fog rolled passed. Within the fog, she could see the shapes of horses, and could hear gruff human voices and the rumble of canons being dragged through the street, followed by the sound of marching feet. Foot soldiers, horsemen, ambulances, wagons and canons passed before her eyes, all shrouded in Gray. After what seemed like hours, she heard a far off bugle blast, and then silence.

When the laundress came out of her daze, she found one of her arms was paralyzed. She has never done a full days washing since.

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  • Cara

    that doesnt make much sense, why did her arm get paralized?

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    • Johnny_Reb_1865

      Back then if a soldier was shot in the arm or leg the common treatment was to amputate the arm or leg because when a bullet hits bone it would shatter the bone so the doctors could only amputate the limb.
      But most men died from infections afterwards.

      So her arm was amputated.

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com WHO WAS PHONE?

    @Cara – Yeah. I didn’t get that part either. Oh well…

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  • sks

    Seems to be like she got shot in the arm by a ghost bullet.. or something.

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  • remick0

    I dunno, maybe back in the day they had a lack of nutrition that could cause paralisis? Doesn’t really explain why watching the army caused it though…

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  • Just a Girl

    Maybe she was paralyzed in an unrelated incident, and the author wanted to confuse readers…
    What a douche.

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  • Ghost Solider

    Damn! You ruined the surprise.

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  • Ed

    Lazy bitch

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    • Carol

      Ed honey you’re supposed to be dead. And I can call Shane he should be there too…

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  • Rapist

    Needs to do more laundry and make more damn sammiches.

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  • http://misterwelldone.wordpress.com/ Mr. Welldone

    Hello.

    There was one among you. One Mr. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietszche. He had a way with his words.

    A beautiful, curious way. It is possible that he understood. Perhaps his words will help this audience of friendly readers understand the plight of our dear laundress.

    “When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”

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    • Anonymous

      Silly Welldone, go back to watching me and gritting your teeth.

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  • http://modtacular.com Darknezz

    Actually, I think the quote was “When you stare into an abyss, the abyss stares back.”

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  • The person formally known as “Noneya”

    The Abyss looking into you isnt the same as the Abyss getting off its lazy but and paralyzing the poor girl.

    “When you look into the Abyss, the Abyss isnt supposed to wave back at you”
    -Terry Pratchet’s Thief of Time.

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  • The Piano Player

    Some people have their arms paralyzed before a heart attack

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  • anonymous

    Actually, I think it was in German and those are all valid translations.

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  • Dee

    well when you think about it, the abyss might be able to do stuff when it sees you without having to get up close to you–hence, the army could be the abyss, none of them went up close to her. so yeah…

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  • diana

    You know, the sons of Confederate veterans still march in parades around February. Just sayin’.

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  • /b/

    Moral of the story:

    Women should stay in the kitchen.

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  • Foolish

    @Cara– It was probably the ghosts’ way of warning her not to delve into their business again. Seeing as she is a laundress, half of her work power is now gone (thus her “never [doing] a full days washing since”).

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  • BonerFruit

    “I quitting washing.”
    “What? Why, you’re a great washer.”
    “I saw something paranormal, and I haven’t been able to move my arm since.”

    “LOL SUCK IT UP BITCH.”

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  • LMLYUT

    Comment 11 makes me giggle. That was one of my favorite Pratchett books.

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  • Anonymous

    maybe fucking with the ghosts does something
    and her husband person knew about that
    thats why he was like
    you stay in bed like you told woman!

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  • PoopyButthair

    ITS CUZ DEM NIGGRAS ATE HER ARM! DAY TOUT IT WAS WATERMELLONNS

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  • strange faces

    i think she pretended to be paralyzed so she wouldnt have to do the laundry anymore.
    yes, very lazy.

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  • Anonymous

    maybe she was a nigra and a ghost shot at her

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  • MooMoon

    i thought they gave her a heart attack and she died *lame*

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  • dark times

    I’ve tryed reading between the lines for the ending to make sence and the only way that it would make sence is if she wakes up from this after having a stroke and can’t move her arm.
    God damn I can’t seem to get this. I like it though until it gets to the end.

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