Martin Greenberg can be counted on to collect stories with a good shiver in them. If you enjoy tales of the supernatural, be sure to check out his "Haunted Houses: The Greatest Stories." As for "Civil War Ghosts," I'd only seen a couple of the 8 stories previously in print, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce and "The Shot Tower Ghost" by Mary Elizabeth Counselmen."
The 47-page "Iverson's Pits" by award-winning scifi/fantasy author, Dan Simmons is alone worth the price of this volume. I would add it to my list of `Top 50 Greatest Ghost Stories' except for a slight technical detail: it is more of a horror story than a ghost story. But Simmons yields to none in his detailed, gruesome atmospheric build-up.
The only problem I had with these stories is that some of the older ones deal out a few casual racial slurs.
The 8 stories:
"Miranda" by John Jakes - A feverish Yankee captain wanders away from his troops, and finds himself the prisoner of a pretty Southern belle with a grim secret. Very atmospheric. As you might guess, John Jakes is quite familiar with the War Between the States.
"The Army of the Dead" by John Bennett - Based on an old Charleston legend. A washerwoman hears an Army marching by night.
"The Shot-Tower Ghost" by Mary Elizabeth Counselman - A family of Southerners sets up a fake haunting to bring down their haughty Yankee cousin.
"Iverson's Pits" by Dan Simmons - A young Boy Scout participates in the 1913 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's "Great Reunion of Civil War Veterans" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. He is teamed up with an old Southern Captain, who is intent on revenge.
"The Drummer Ghost" by John William DeForrest - A miser who stole his young niece and nephew's legacy is haunted by the ghost of a drummer boy.
"The Last Waltz" by Seabury Quinn - You do not want to be a bride in a ghost story, especially if you jilted one beau and married another.
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce - A Southern plantation owner is about to be hanged as a spy by the Yankees.
"Fearful Rock" by Manly Wade Wellman - This author (1903-1986) is probably best known for his novels and short stories about John the Balladeer, who roamed the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina during the middle of the twentieth century, and did battle with supernatural evil. This 69-page story is similarly themed, but stars a Yankee Captain and his superstitious, but very competent sergeant. A touch of H.P. Lovecraft vibrates through this tale of a family of wizards gone to evil.