As a child I frequently visited George's Island located strategically in Boston Harbor near where, according to legend my grandfather switched sides during the Revolution. Prior to the Civil War coastal defenses were put in place with Fort Warren (named after the Bunker Hill hero) and Castle Island which protected the inner harbor of Boston. Edgar Allan Poe wrote his famous tale inspired by a story which occurred on Castle Island. You can read it here. http://bau2.uibk.ac.at/sg/poe/works/cask_amo.html
While visiting this Island I met on several ocassions a wonderful author and historian named Edgar Rowe Snow. He wrote great books about Lighthouses and pirates mixing fact and legend in fabulous books, which I still have and collect today.
I was exposed to the Legend of the Lady from my brothers and read more about them in Mr Snows books.
The basic story in Mr Snows words are available here:
http://home.comcast.net/~jay.schmidt/ft ... ghost.html
Mr Snow was kind enough to show me various parts of the Island and give me more in depth stories and it is sad to think he is now long passed. I suppose him to be one who would know the answers to some unanswered questions I now have about events in the past.
Now you can doubt the presence of ghosts and especially doubt if a woman was hung back at this time, or what became of the body. You can understand men at a lonely watch becoming frightened of a shadow.
But if you ever saw what I saw in the secret corridor below the island where the anti submarine mine controls that Edward Rowe Snow showed me then maybe you'd believe.
The entrance is now bricked up forever, after a man fell to his death down the granite steps a week after my visit. Was he pushed or startled?
Much as in the Tale of Edgar Allen Poe, the answer is walled up waiting to be discovered again.