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New York Skies: Civil War Era UFO Sighting
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Published: 12:32 PM 8/2/2013

By Cheryl CostaFayetteville, North Carolina - 07-29-13 This year, many people are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. In that spirit, I thought it appropriate to share a New York state UFO report from that era.

It was March 1861; President Abraham Lincoln had been inaugurated earlier in the month. Barely two months after the Confederacy had seceded from the Union.

The New York City of that era was a cramped urban setting before the age of tall buildings.

About midnight in a Five Points slum house on Baxter Street, Mrs. T. Richard Kinder was looking eastward out of an upper-floor window towards the Church of Transfiguration.

In the clear moonless sky, she saw a cross-like object with a flaming luminosity moving across the sky. She woke her husband, and he, too, saw the radiant cross.

This story comes to us from an obscure entry into a baptismal record from St. Peters Church, in Jersey City, N.J.

Perhaps the woman thought this was a sign from God and shared it with a priest. Confessions of sighting strange objects in the sky are still being heard by priests to this day.

This short account was scribbled into a cramped space at the bottom of an entry from 1858 in a baptismal book of St. Peterís Church. It was probably scribbled on the old record because paper was precious in those days.

It should be noted that 1861 was 42 years before the Wright Brothers flew. A 2013 researcher dug through some newspaper archives probing for additional accounts. What he found was eye opening.

There werenít any other accounts of the sighting, but there was a significant story about a Canal street fire, six blocks from Mrs. Kinderís house. The newspaper states that a warehouse, a book bindery and a laboratory went up in a huge fire, effectively leveling an entire block.

Maybe the only reason the cross shaped craft was seen at all was because the light of the huge fire illuminated its reflective hull.

If you have a story to tell, Iíd love to hear the when, where and what. Email it to NYSkies@DragonLadyMedia.com. The names of witnesses will be omitted to protect their privacy.

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