Before examining the portrayal of Old Green Eyes' features, it's worth noting the conditions in which he is generally seen.
It's always at night, or during the twilight, when visibility is lessened. Chickamauga is also prone to localized fog and misty patches. This too may hinder what people are able to see.
Moreover the location tends to be on the woodland and mountain pathways, not in the center of the battlefield itself. There is foliage to hide certain aspects of the creature.
Old Green Eyes has never appeared in the open, on a bright, sunny afternoon, where every detail can be duly noted and cataloged; nor has a photograph been taken.
During the 1970s, a man from New Mexico was surprised in the Chickamauga National Park by Old Green Eyes. He stated that it was a 'black, shadow-like human with a glowing face with a large nose. But it wasn't human.'
In 1981, a park ranger named Edward Tinney encountered the creature. What do you make of this description?
"I could see his hair was long like a woman’s. The eyes - I’ll never forget those eyes - they were glaring, almost greenish-orange in color, flashing like some sort of wild animal. The teeth were long and pointed like fangs. It was wearing a dark cape that seemed to be flapping in the wind, but there was no wind. I didn’t know whether to run or scream or what. Then the headlights of an approaching car came blazing through the fog, and the thing disappeared right in front of me.”
Earlier eye-witness accounts don't mention a cape. Those seeing it on Snodgrass Hill, in the immediate aftermath of the battle, talked of light colored hair cascading down its back. But they too talked about the fangs, the unusual jawline and the glowing green eyes. The visage looked like an ape.
A later meeting involved a local boy scout, who spotted the creature on the Lafayette Road, near to the Florida Monument. He said that it was bipedal and covered in hair. He estimated that it stood around 7 and a half feet to eight feet. It ran at great speed on two legs for a short distance, before dropping onto all fours to gallop into the woods. Due to its great size, he would have assumed he'd seen a grizzly bear. But that species isn't native to Georgia.
Mostly what people describe are those eyes. They are glimpsed as eye shine, or animal eye flashes in the darkness. They are invariably green or orange-green. Generally people are walking along the woodland trails at night, when they spot those eyes deeper amongst the trees.
Only rarely is Old Green Eyes spotted out in the open. That's often in the vicinity of the Wilder Tower, which is where a lady named Wendi spotted it in 2002. She was driving on a road alongside the park, when the eye shine caught her attention. She parked up to get a better look.
The creature was mostly in silhouette, but she could clearly see that it stood on two legs. She estimated his height to be around 7ft. Each time it turned, she saw the eye shine again, as glowing green eyes.
Thank You Jo for your research and knowledge on the Bigfoot subject, I'm not a researcher but, I do read all I can find, I believe it lives here today. Thank You Barry C.
I would love for Matt Moneymaker et al to go and check it out. That would be an amazing episode of 'Finding Bigfoot'.
Thank you so much for adding your local knowledge to this story. That's really quite thrilling to read for someone stuck over the Atlantic in Britain.
I live in Chickamauga, Ga and run in the Chickamauga Battlefield. I was raised hearing stories of Green Eyes on Snod Grass Hill. My parents used to drive us up there at night. Legend says Green Eyes comes out at night and If you drive up there at night and flash your lights you might just see old Green Eyes. We used to love it! It was so scary! Now the road is closed at night and you can't go up there. It is full of animals in the park but very visited by people all day but it gets pretty remote at night. So, it's possible but an older lady in her 80's told me about a cave and water hole deep in the park that they use to hear screams that sounded like a hurt woman but they thought it was a panther. Her house was right outside the park and they knew the creature lived in the cave so they never went to the water hole at night. Maybe Matt and his team from the BFRO should check it out and Pigeon Mtn right down the road that has had several sightings!
Yes, I watched an episode of 'Finding Bigfoot' where they went after Florida's Skunk Ape. I'd love to hear your friend's story!
Great article jo. I had a friend who was a sasquatch fanatic. She had seen Florida's version, a skunk ape, when she was a kid. Have you ever heard of it?
These are all really good points! I think we can discount Mothman then. Thanks!
It would be hard for Mothman to move through the woods so easily with his wings. Even folded back they would catch on the branches of trees and such. I also don't know that he would have the eye shine. I've never seen moth eyes glow.
I considered Mothman, while I was looking into this. The hairiness swayed me into Sasquatch though. I really need to refresh my memory on Mothman, as it's been a few years since I last read about him myself.
You may be onto something too!
This is interesting. It reminds be a tad of the Mothman for some reason. Probably because I just finished reading about him yesterday. Dunno. But still that's pretty neat.
I'm glad! Thank you for reading.