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Location. Shreveport, Louisiana
Date: 1860
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Summary: “Our attention was called to a strange light in the heavens.  On going out into the gallery we had a magnificent view of it.  It appeared to the naked eye, about 300 yards in length, extending from North to West appearing just above the tallest trees.  Its color was that of a red hot stove from the center beautiful rays resembling those of the sun drawing water would ascend to a considerable height, the whole presenting a very beautiful and sublime appearance.  We watched it for about an hour without perceiving it to change any. 
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Date: January 29, 1860
Location: London, England
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Summary: An unknown object of planetary size is reported by Mr. Russell and three other observers.
Source: F. A. R. Russell, “An Intra-Mercurial planet,” Nature 14 (October 5, 1876): 505.


Date: March 1, 1860
Location: Moscow, Russia
Time: 9:45 P.M.
Summary: At 9:45 P.M. “a star to the southwest of the Great Bear suddenly commenced to wax larger, assuming at the same time the color of iron at a red heat, but without the appearance of any sparks or rays.” It was observed in this condition until 11:30 P.M., growing to half the size of the moon. It then became dimmer, and by midnight it had disappeared. In its stead “a sort of black speck was to be noticed by the light of the other stars.” The writer adds: “It remains for the astronomers to describe, and poets to sing, the destruction of the luminary, which, for ought we know, may have been the abode of a race superior to our own.”
Source: The Russian correspondent of the London Telegraph, quoted in The Banner of Liberty (Middletown, New York), 6 June 1860.


Date: July 13, 1860
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Time: 21:45
Summary: a pale blue light illuminated a 200-foot long cloud-like object in the sky that moved slowly and silently through the sky. At regular distances behind the cloud followed three “very red and glowing balls.  Four pale blue cloud-like objects, about 300 feet across, were observed by a male witness in a city for over one minute.
Source:  Lore, Jr., Gordon I. R. Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1968


Date: July 17, 1860
Location: Dharamsala, India
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Summary: On the evening of the day when a remarkable meteor had fallen in the area, a man who was observing the sky about 7 P.M. saw a pattern of lights, each lasting for one minute or more, over places where there were no houses or roads: “Some were high up in the air moving like fire balloons, but the greater part of them were in the distance in the direction of the lower hills in front of my house, others were closer to the house and between Sir Alexander Lawrence’s and the Barracks. I am sure 231 from some which I observed closely that they were neither fire balloons (sic), lanterns nor bonfires, nor any other thing of that sort, but bona fide lights in the heavens. Though I have made enquiries among the Natives the next day, I have never been able to find out what they were or the cause of their appearance.”
Source: The Canadian Journal of Industry, Science and Art, Canadian Institute (1849-1914), vol 7 (1862): 197.


Location. Norfolk, Virginia
Date: Aug. 6, 1860
Summary: Two objects, one red and one green, flew overhead together, moving with an undulating motion.
Source: (NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall)


Date: September 24, 1860
Location: Nebraska City, Nebraska
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Summary: After sunset Mr. Joel Draper and ferryman Mr. Beebout saw a bright object low in the West. “While gazing with amazement at that, which in size, color, brightness and shape resembled one-fourth of the sun taken from its edge, we soon discovered another spot further to the right and a little higher, which was about one-third the size of the first; then another directly above the first, one-third the size of the second. All of these we soon discovered to be moving towards the south, or to the left of their former position, with great rapidity (…) as they moved, they all retained the same relation to each other as when they first appeared.” The account goes on: “This took place after sunset, but, by means of the brightness of these bodies, it was as light as some ten or fifteen minutes before sunset. There were no clouds or vapors in the sky in that direction. They could not have been sun dogs or mock suns, for (such phenomena) remain, as long as they continue, in the same relative position to the sun.”
Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12 October 1860.


Date: November 10, 1860
Location: Washington, D.C.
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Summary: Just about sunset several witnesses observed an object “the size of a balloon” moving with great rapidity in a south-westerly direction: “Notwithstanding the light of day was still strong and clear, the illumination of the object was brilliant and distinct (…) We heard, while gazing at this wonder, that two similar ones had passed previously. The one we saw, after moving south-westerly, at an angle with the path of the sun, took a course directly west, and straight from us; fading gradually and very rapidly until lost from sight.
Source: Washington D.C. Herald and Brooklyn Eagle, front page, Friday 16 November.1860.


Date: 1861
Location: North Atlantic Ocean
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Summary: Three luminous bodies are reported to have come from the North Atlantic Ocean and stayed in view for no less than ten minutes during a squall.
Source: “A Catalogue of Observations of Luminous Meteors,” Report of the British Association, 1861.


Date: February 16, 1861
Location: Singapore
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Summary: “At 10 o’clock the sun lifted and from my window I saw a large number of Malays and Chinese filling baskets with fishes which they picked up in the pools of rain water which covered the ground. On being asked where the fishes came from, the natives replied that they had fallen from the sky. Three days afterwards, when the pools had dried up, we found many dead fishes. Having examined the animals, I recognized them as Slarias battrachi, a species of catfish which is very abundant in fresh water in Singapore, and in the Malayan Penisnsula. They were from 25-30 centimeters long and therefore adult. These silurioids,…are able to live a long time out of water, and to progress some distance on land, and I thought at once that they had come from some small overflowing stream nearby; but the yard of the house I inhabited is enclosed by a wall that would prevent them entering in this manner.An old Malay has since told me that in his youth he had seen a similar phenomenon.”
Source: “Comptes Rendus hebdomadaries des seances de l’academie des sciences 52:880-81, 1861


Date: October 4, 1861
Location: New York
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Summary: About 6 P.M. a “mysterious balloon” passed over the city, with two men in it, from west to east at great height. Witnesses speculated that it was either ” in the service of the traitors” or that it was “a device built by Professor Lowe, which had parted its fastenings,” both impossible explanations.
Source: The New York Times, 5 October, 1861.


Location. Manchester, England
Date: March 20 1862
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Summary: An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by two witnesses (Lummis).
Source: Contact U.K.


Location. Cwm Dwr, Wales
Date: August 1862
Time: 1400
Summary: Two men, David Evans and Evan Lewis had stopped their horses for a rest opposite to a farm known as Maestwynog, and were looking in the direction of a hillside not far off, when they noticed several little figures walking up a hill on a winding footpath. As they reached the top of a hill the little men jumped up and made a circle and began dancing in earnest. Suddenly all the little men suddenly scattered in different directions and disappeared from sight.
Source: Janet Bord, Faeries, Real Encounters with The Little People


Location. Indian Ocean
Date: September 1862
Time: unknown
Summary: The Danish brig “Christine” was wrecked on a desert rock or island several miles in size. The survivors, including a Mr. Oleson had gathered at the base of a cliff waiting for the end as the waves dashed & the winds howled on the rocks. Suddenly from high in the air they saw what seemed to be an immense ship, driven, uncontrolled in the elements. It was headed straight toward the frightened mariners, who cried aloud in despair. But suddenly a whirl of wind changed the course of the object and it crashed against the cliff a few hundred yards from the miserable sailors. Afraid they crept toward the wreck. It appeared to be a vessel as large as a modern battleship, but the machinery was so crushed that they could form no idea as to how the power was applied to the immense wings or sails. Strange implements and articles of furniture could be seen jumbled in an almost shapeless mass. They found in metal boxes covered with strange characters what they afterward discovered to be very wholesome and palatable food, which, with the water in the rocks, saved them from immediate death. Their horror was intensified when they found the bodies of more than a dozen men dressed in garments of strange fashion and texture. The bodies were dark bronze in color, but the strangest feature of all was the immense size of the men. They were estimated to have been more than 12 ft high. They had long hair and beards. They found tools of almost every kind but to large to be used. One man was driven insane & jumped from the cliff into the boiling waters. The others fled in horror from the fearful sight. But hunger forced them to return to the site. After eating heartily of the strange food, they summoned courage to drag the gigantic bodies to the cliff and tumble them over. The survivors were finally able to build a raft and left the island.
Source: Jerome Clark, Fate September 1990


Location. Lorenco Marques, Mozambique
Date: 1862
Time: unknown
Summary: Just before the war between the two rival Gaza chiefs, a “mulungwana”, or little white man, alighted on a hill in the area, many people saw it. It was reported that the “white men” had seized the little entity and took him to the capital. No other information.
Source: Brian Aubeck, Return to Magonia


Date: April 27, 1863
Location:  Zurich, Switzerland
Time: Daytime
Summary: Physiological effects were noted. More than 10 objects were observed by one experienced witness at an observatory (Waldner; Wolf).
Source: Poher, Claude Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag.


Date: August 5, 1863
Location:  Spences Bridge, British Columbia, Canada
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Summary: Disappearance Reported encounter with inhuman beings involving teleportation. Nocturnal lights were reported.
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980


Date: August 8, 1863
Location:  Yale, British Columbia, Canada
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Summary: Disappearance Reported encounter with inhuman beings involving teleportation. Nocturnal lights were reported.
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980


Date: August 12, 1863
Location: Madrid, Spain
Time: 23:00
Summary: “The night before last there was observed on the horizon a luminous body that appeared towards the east, and it was promptly thought to be a comet. Its colour was reddish, and on the top part there could be seen an appendix or crown, that was doubtlessly ablaze. It was stationary for a long time; but later it began to move quickly in different directions: horizontally, rising, and lowering.”
Source: Gaceta de Madrid, 14 August 1863 (issue 226). Recorded by Franck Marie and Daniel Villain archives. Cited by Charles Garreau in Alerte dans le Ciel, 142.


Location. Near Lewisburg, West Virginia
Date: September 1 1863
Time: 1500
Summary: A remarkable phenomenon was witnessed a few miles west of this place, at the house of Mrs Pearcy, by Mr. Moses Dwyer, her neighbor, who happened to be seated in her porch at the time, as well as by others at or near the house. The weather was quite hot and dry, not a cloud could be seen, and no wind even ruffled the foliage on the surrounding trees. All things being propitious the grand panorama began to move—just over and through the tops of the trees on the adjacent hills on the South, immense numbers of rolls resembling cotton or smoke, apparently thousands of them, and were, perhaps, an hour in getting by. After these had passed over and out of sight, the scene was changed from the air above to the earth beneath, and became more intensely interesting to the spectators who were witnessing the panorama from different standpoints. In the deep valley beneath thousands upon thousands of apparently human beings (men) came in low traveling in the same direction of the rolls marching in good order, some thirty or forty in depth, moving rapidly—“double quick,” and commence ascending the sides of the almost insurmountable hills opposite, and had the stoop peculiar to men when they ascend a steep mountain. There seemed to be great variety in the size of the men, some were very large whilst others were quite small. Their arms, legs, and heads could be distinctly seen in motion. They seemed to observe strict military discipline and there were no stragglers. There was uniformity of dress, loose white blouses or shirts with white pants wore hats and were without guns, swords, or anything they indicated “men of war.” On they came through the valley and over the steep hill crossing the road and finally passing out of sight, in a direction due North from those who were looking on. On the 14th of the same month, the same scene almost identical, was seen by 8 or 10 of our pickets at Bunger’s Mill, and by many of the citizens in that neighborhood; this is about 4 miles east of Pearcy’s. It lasted about an hour.
Source: Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia


Date: October 1, 1863
Location: Lewisburg, West Virginia
Time: 15:00
Summary: Cottony rolls fringed with green light seen passing over adjacent hills at treetop level, size and shape of doors, in procession. 1000s of human like beings came marching in order in same direction. Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. Thousands of objects were observed by a group of witnesses for several hours (Dwyer).
Source: Aerial Phenomena Research Organization


Date: October 14, 1863
Location: Runger’s Mill,  West Virginia
Time: Afternoon
Summary: Cottony rolls fringed with green light seen passing over adjacent hills at treetop level, size and shape of doors, in procession. 1000s of human like beings came marching in order in same direction.
Source: Aerial Phenomena Research Organization


Date: May 16 1864
Location: Cave Springs, GA
Time: 08:00
Summary: In 1864, prior to airplanes, a white object was observed about half a mile high and moving rapidly toward the south. A Confederate soldier’s war journal was published as “Blood & Sacrifice,” by Blue Acorn Press, Huntington, WV in 1994. On Page 140, the author reports, “Prior to our arrival at Cave Springs, quite early in the forenoon in fact, a white object was observed in the sky to the southeast, apparently about half a mile high and moving rapidly toward the south. We decided that it was a balloon, and that the enemy was endeavoring by that means to ascertain the strength of the reinforcements that were coming to Gen. Johnston.” The book editor notes that Union General Sherman’s troops did not have balloons with them on the Atlanta Campaign. It should also be noted that observation balloons were tied to the ground and only moved vertically up and down. If a balloon were untethered by accident, it would only move as fast as any winds prevailing at the time, or certainly not “rapidly.” The observer (book author) was a Sergeant in Company B, 46th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, and later Sergeant Major, and finally Acting Adjutant of the Regiment. He had been a school teacher prior to the War Between The States, and the book is a very factual chronology of his daily experiences during the War.
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Date: September 1864
Location Cadotte Pass, Missouri
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Source: Original newspaper article of 1864.


Date: October 10 1864
Location France
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Summary: M. Leverrier had sent to the Academy three letters from witnesses of a long luminous body, tapering at both ends, that had been seen in the sky.
Source: Fort, Charles Book of the Damned Boni-Liveright, 1919


Date: November 1, 1864
Location: Florence, Italy
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Summary: “A white globe of fire many times larger than the full moon seemed hanging almost motionless in the air.” Shades of orange and blue passed over its surface. After a full
minute it suddenly disappeared, vanishing on the spot. The witness adds: “Only just before its disappearance a smaller ball was seen immediately below it, of a fiery orange colour, the first one appearing at that moment of the same hue.”
Source: Madame Baldelli, “Large Fireball,” Astronomical Register 3(1865): 53


Location. Siberia, Russia, exact location not given
Date: 1865
Time: afternoon
Summary: A shepherd was looking for a lost animal from his herd when he came upon a forest glade. There he saw a giant sphere with supports, and large humanoid looking “monsters.” Right next to them lay his lost cow. It was dead, and its stomach was slit open, yet there was no blood anywhere in sight. The “monsters” bent over the animal, and studied something inside it. It appeared to the witness that they were cutting something out. Some time later they noticed the young man, and gestured to him in a strange fashion. Frightened he ran away from the area.
Source: Paul Stonehill, The Soviet UFO Files


Location. Durham, England
Date: 1865
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Summary: A toad estimated to be over 6000 years old was freed from it’s stony prison in 1865, by excavators in Durham, England. The live toad was found in a block of magnesian limestone 25 feet underground. Its eyes were reported to be especially bright, its hind claws were particularly long and the claws of its forefeet were turned in. It grew darker in colour, from a pale colour matching the stone it was found in to a darker olive brown. It appeared to have difficulty breathing as it made a barking sound from its nostrils.
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Date: 1865: Trapper Reports Crash of ‘Compartmented Craft With Strange Hieroglyphics’


Location. Bracken County, Kentucky
Date: February 13 1866
Time: late night
Summary: On Monday night the owner of a local plantation and his family had retired to rest when suddenly they were aroused by a great outcry from the Negro quarters, which was immediately to the rear of the house. They heard men, women and children screaming in terror, creating a scene of utter pandemonium. His wife and him sprang from their bed. Their room was illuminated as brightly as by a flood of sunlight, though the light was of a bluish cast. At first they thought that the Negro cabins were being consumed by fire. They rushed to the windows and beheld a sight that fairly curdled the blood in their veins with horror and filled their hearts with utmost terror. Their daughters, shrieking loudly, came flying into the room, hysterical with fear. They beheld, standing to the right of the upper cabin, near the fence that separated the Negro’s garden from the house yard a creature of gigantic stature, and the most horrifying appearance. It was nearly as high as the cabin and had a monstrous head not similar in shape to that of an ape, with two short white horns above each eye, and it had long arms, covered with shaggy hair of an ashen hue that terminated in huge paws, not unlike those of a cat, and armed with huge and hooked claws. Its breast was as broad as that of a large sized ox, its legs resembled the front legs of a horse, and only the hoofs were cloven. It had a long tail armed with a dart shaped horn, which it was continually switching about. Its eyes glowed like two living coals of fire, while its nostrils and mouth were emitting sheets of blue colored flame, with a hissing sound, like the hissing of a serpent only a thousand fold louder. Its general color, save the arms, was a dull dingy brown. The air was powerfully impregnated with a smell of burning sulfur. The poor Negroes were evidently laboring under extreme terror, and two of them, an old woman and a lad were actually driven to insanity by their fears and have not recovered their reason up to this writing. The strange creature then was enveloped in a spiral in a spiral column of flame that reached nearly to the top of the locust trees adjacent, and which hid its horrid form completely from view. The extinction of the flame was instantaneous, and with its disappearance they were relieved of the presence of this remarkable visitor. It was reported that the same or similar creature appeared on several nights at neighboring plantations.
Source: Jerome Clark, Anomalistic List, quoting Nathaniel G. Squires


Date: March 8, 1865
Location: Constantinople, Turkey
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Summary: “One object was observed (Coumbray).
Source: Fort, Charles Book of the Damned Boni-Liveright, 1919


Date: 1866
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Summary: Close encounter with a craft and its occupants. An unidentifiable object and its occupants were observed at close range (Denton).
Source: Steiger, Brad Strangers From the Skies Award A171X, New York, 1966


Date: 1866
Location: Monongah, West Virginia
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Summary: “An unidentified object at close range was observed by one female witness (Bender).
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980


Date: June 9 1866
Location: Knysahinya, Hungary
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Summary: An object was observed. Metallic traces found. An unidentifiable object was observed at close range and caused physical effects.
Source: Contact U.K.


Date: November 8 1866
Location: Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Time: Evening
Summary: One object was observed by one male witness for over three minutes (Fonblanque).
Source:  Leslie, Desmond Flying Saucers Have Landed British Book Center, 1953


Date:  1867
Location: Maco, North Carolina
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Summary: Ghost lights.
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Date: January 8, 1867
Location: Fort Klamath, Oregon
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Summary: Metallic traces found. Two objects were observed by a male witness (Tennyson).
Source:  Contact U.K.


Date: May 30, 1867
Location: Birmingham, England
Time: Around 1100
Summary: Numerous objects were observed by one experienced witness (Bird)
Source:  Lore, Jr., Gordon I. R. Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1968


Date: November 4, 1867 or  December 4, 1867
Location: Chatham, England
Time: After 1500
Summary: “On the afternoon of Monday the 4th, between the hours of 3 and 4,1 witnessed a very extraordinary sign in the heavens…The facts are as follows: I was passing the Mill by the water-works reservoir. On the gallery I observed the miller uttering exclamations of surprise, and looking earnestly towards the west. On inquiring what took his attention so much, he said: ‘Look, sir, I never saw such a sight in my life!’ “On turning in the direction towards which he was looking, the west, I also was astounded—numberless black disks in groups and scattered were passing rapidly through the air. He said his attention was directed to it by his little girl, who called to him in the Mill, saying, ‘Look, father, here are a lot of balloons coming!’ “They continued for more than 20 minutes, the time I stayed. In passing in front of the sun they appeared like large cannon shot. Several groups passed over my head, disappearing suddenly, and leaving puffs of grayish brown vapor very much like smoke. “I am, sir, your truly, James E. Beveridge, Darland, Chatham.”
Source: Letter to the editor of Chatham News and Symonds’ Monthly Meteorological Magazine (Dec. 1867): 8.


Location. Copiago, Chile
Date: March 17 1868
Time: 1700
Summary: When the day’s work in the mine was over and all the workers were gathered together waiting for their dinner, we saw arrive through the air on the side of the mine known as “La Ternera” an enormous bird that at first we took for the clouds that a that moment were covering a part of the atmosphere, supposing that it had been separated from other clouds by a chance gust of wind as the object in question approached, causing us great surprise, we could see it was an unknown flying object. It was moving from the northeast to the southeast and its flight was fast and in a very straight line. It passed over just above our heads and we could see the strange structure of its body. Its great wings were covered in brownish feathers, the head of the monster looked like that of a lobster and its eyes open wide and bright like embers, and it seemed to be covered in something resembling thick hair, like a sow. Its body was long like a snake’s and only bright scales could be seen on it, which sounded like metallic pieces when the strange animal moved them. Surprise soon became panic amongst the workers before such a strange phenomenon. Some claim they detected a terrible smell in those moments, a smell similar to arsenic when it is burnt. Others say their senses were not so injured in such an odd manner. The superstitious believe it was the devil himself who they saw pass over, while others remember having witnessed in that city, years ago, the passing of a similar monstrous bird.
Source: Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia


Date: 1868: Australia’s UFO Buzz


Date: July 1868: Enormous bird seen in Copiapo, Chile


Location. Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Date: July 25 1868
Time: night
Summary: Vision involving heads floating by, then observed “Ark” in air, man-shaped apparition, communication, message.
Source: Chalker, Bill


Location. Nice, Alpes Maritime, France
Date: August 1868
Time: unknown
Summary: An unspecified number of witnesses watched an enormous sphere of flames land on top of a hill. Two very small occupants, about 1.20m, wearing with greenish luminous clothing exit the sphere and disappear into the woods. No other information.
Source: Yves Naud, “UFOs and Extraterrestrials” Famot 1977


Location. Willow Creek, Bracken County, Kentucky
Date: October 10 1868
Time: night
Summary: A wonderful phenomenon has recently made its appearance in this locale about two miles from Brooksville and has been seen by quite a number of the worthy citizens of the county. On the above date one of our citizens, a prominent tobacco merchant, residing in Brooksville was returning home from the southern portion of the county where he had been buying some crops of tobacco and belated was riding along the road when suddenly he beheld a most frightful object in the middle of the road, immediately in front of him. The “object” was about six feet in height and walked upright. The face was at times that of a man, very pale, with curls of flame falling over his shoulders, eyes of sulfurous blue, changing constantly in size, one moment large as a tin cup, and then gradually decreasing in size until it was almost invisible. Its arms were those of a man, and hands deadly pale. In one hand, it held a torch, and in the other a sword that seemed to be about four feet in length. Its lower extremity was that of a horse, with legs well proportioned, and hoofs as those of a horse. Its tail, which was about three feet in length, was of flame. Its breath was a solid sheet of fire, which vibrated with the heaving of its breast, like the pendulum of a clock. It was certainly the most frightful thing the witness ever beheld. It walked off to the side of the road, and then vanished. When it disappeared the witness immediately put spurs to his horse and galloped by the spot where he had seen it. When he arrived at the summit of the hill, about 200 yards off, he looked back and saw the creature in the same spot where he had first beheld it. He stopped his horse and watched for a moment, it walked over to the left side of the road and mounted a rail fence that stood there, and commenced running toward the witness. The witness did not stay to see remainder of the drama. He immediately rode to town, and having told the adventure to some of the citizens, they immediately formed a party and started out to see the strange visitant. When they arrived at the spot, some of them beheld the specter and the others could not see it. It was when they saw it on the fence, and running rapidly along up and down it passed the crowd for the distance of a quarter of a mile. About 2300 it vanished and was seen no more that night. Since then it has been on hand every night, and the excitement is at a very high state now and is increasing.
Source: Jerome Clark, Anomalistic List, quoting Atlanta Daily Constitution November 4 1868


Location. Near Independent Hill, Virginia
Date: December 1868
Time: night
Summary: A man named Silas Brown who lived at the edge of a wooded area reported that for the last few weeks he has had visions or encountered an alarming character in the nearby forest but more particularly in the copse adjacent to Mr. Brown’s barn and stable. At numbers of times has an immense figure been seen passing to and fro near the barn, with large horns and terrible claws, which it contracts to a sort of hoof, and has assaulted Mr. Brown, when he attempted after dark to feed his horses and stock, in such a manner and with such violence that he has been compelled to flee to his house for safety. The figure, to the best of Mr. Brown’s recollection seemed about three times as large as a man in its front, and having a back converging from its neck and shoulders horizontally to the distance of some six to eight feet, and supplied on each side with huge and tremendous arms. It is of a pale bluish color when first seen, but upon being irritated by the near approach of any person becomes a deadly white, and issues from its surface a small volume of smoke, accompanied with a sickening smell. This ghoul or unnatural and horrible animal or demon, has been see as often as four times near Mr. Brown’s stable, and when seen, it has lingered till its deadly effluvia has completely impregnated the surrounding atmosphere. One evening Mr. Brown, desiring to have another beside himself see this terrible visitant, induced a courageous gentleman called Siger, who happened with his wife to spend the evening at Mr. Brown’s to go to the stable to feed his horses. Siger, not believing the story, went without hesitation, when, upon entering the stable, he was alarmed by the fall at or near his feet, with a deep rumbling sound, of a tremendous stone. Siger without looking to see whence the rock came, picked the stone up, and it was so hot that he was compelled to drop it. Upon looking up he beheld the unearthly monster not over fifty yards from him, and the air became quickly filled and inoculated with brimstone. Not wishing to be thought a coward, he did not mention anything of this at the house, but upon walking home with his wife the same night he told her of what happened at the stable, and instantly she became alarmed, and was carried home in a state of apparent insensibility.
Source: Jerome Clark, Anomalistic List, quoting Petersburg Daily Index December 18 1868


Location.  Weston-super-Mare, UK
Date: January 10 1869
Time: 21:00
Summary: One object was observed.
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Location.  Swaffham, UK
Date: January 15 1869
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Summary: An object was observed. Animal reactions to the object were reported. One object was observed.
Source: FSR


Location.  Oxford, UK
Date: May 2 1869
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Summary:   An unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One object was observed at a building
Source: Contact U.K.


Date: June 8, 1869
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Time: 2:30 A.M.
Summary: About 2:30 A.M. an object “larger than the moon when full” was observed in the western sky for half an hour. “It was of a bright red color, and at intervals of a few minutes, darted forth on every side bright rays like the straws of a broom, and from the ends of these were sent out sparks like those of a Roman candle. Suddenly this would cease, and only the circle or ball of fire remained, when again the rays would blaze out around the whole circumference of the central ball.” Two witnesses, including the doorman of Pike’s Opera House, watched the phenomenon as it went down behind Mount Davidson, following the motion of the stars and “still blazing and sputtering forth sparks and jets of fire.”
Source: “Singular Celestial Phenomenon,” Fort Wayne Daily Democrat (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 9 June 1869.


Location. Assen Norway
Date: Summer 1869
Time: unknown
Summary: A man named Just encountered a small man, that wore brown clothing, without any buttons, and on its head he had a large hat. The small man claimed he was an angel and opened up his coat and a bright light shone from inside of it. Apparently the small man gave the witness a letter of “heavenly” origin.
Source: Ole Jonny Braene


Location. Vevay, Indiana
Date: July 7 1869
Time: unknown
Summary: .A meteor-like object was observed. A daytime object was reported.
Source: Lore, Jr., Gordon I. R. Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1968


Location. Ashland, Tennessee
Date: 1869
Time:
Summary: A whirlwind came along over the neighboring woods, taking up small branches and leaves of trees and burring them in a sort of flaming cylinder that traveled at a rate of about five miles an hour, developing size as it traveled.  It passed directly over the spot where a team of horses were feeding and singed their manes and tails up to the roots; it then swept towards the house, taking a stack of hay in its course. It seemed to increase in heat as it went, and by the time it reached the house it immediately fired the shingles from end to end of the building, so that in ten minutes the whole dwelling was wrapped in flames. The tall column of traveling caloric then continued its course over a wheat field that had been recently cradled, setting fire to all the stacks that happened to be in its course. Passing from the field, its path lay over a stretch of woods, which reached the river. The green leaves on the trees were crisped to a cinder for a breadth of 20 yards, in a straight line to the Cumberland.  When the “pillar of fire” reached the water, it suddenly changed its route down the river, raising a column of steam which went up to the clouds for about half-a-mile, when it finally died out.  Not less than 200 people witnessed this strangest of strange phenomena, and all of them tell substantially the same story about it.
Source: Symon’s Monthly Meteorological Magazine, 1869


Location. Young New South Wales, Australia
Date: June 1869
Time: night
Summary: Three men working on splitting posts and rails for fencing were startled to see a small white object of no particular form, on the ground nearby. The object suddenly grew into a white eight-foot tall humanoid figure. One of the men struck it with a stick and it sounded hollow. The figure then chased the men. The men encountered this same figure on another occasion and also saw a strange animal resembling a dog with a chain attached to it.
Source: Mark Moravec, Psiufo Phenomena


Date: August 1, 1869
Location: Los Nietos, California
Time:
Summary: On August 1, 1869, flesh and blood rained down for three minutes covering 2 acres of Mr. J. Hudson’s farm near Los Nietos, California. It was a clear day with no wind. The flesh fell in fine particles and in 1-6 inch strips.
Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained, Reader’s Digest


Date: August 7, 1869
Location: Adamstown, Pennsylvania
Time:  noon
Summary: At noon a luminous object was seen to descend from the sky to a dry, swampless area 200 yards north of the village, which is situated in Lancaster County. “It was square and became a column about 3 or 4 feet in height and about 2 feet in thickness.” The object reflected sunlight “like a column of burnished silver” but after 10 minutes it disappeared. Several people gathered at the spot where it had rested but there were no landing traces.
Source: Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania), 14 August 1869.


Date: August 7, 1869
Location: Ottumwa, Iowa
Time:
Summary: Two objects were observed by four male witnesses, three of them an experienced observors, at an observatory (Zentmayer).
Source: Contact U.K..

 

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