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Submitted by Chester


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This story is written as told to me by my mother and father. I didn't witness the events told here first hand, and quite frankly I'm not even sure that I believe in ghosts or whatever you want to call them. I do know, however, that although the events of this story took place more than 30 years ago, my usually steadfast, and hard-hearted father is reluctant to speak of it even now. Knowing the kind of man he is, anything that can spook him that bad was very real, at least to him. I post this story now in hopes that someone can attest to seeing something similar at some point and will contact me with the details of their sighting.

The events happened over a 3 weeks period in the summer and early fall of 1980. The location of the reported sighting is in Clark County, Kentucky on Wades Mill road approximately 8 to 10 miles outside the city limits. If one were so inclined to see the sight for themselves they could find it with relative ease by locating a few prominent landmarks of the area that were there in 1980, and still standing today. The first being Mt. Carmel church, the second being an old white building that served in some capacity as a country store at some point in time but has long since been closed down and fallen into disrepair, and the third, and most important, is a fence row in a curve just past this decrepit store building.
    
My mother and father had been married less than a year, and had gotten into the habit of driving my mother's brother to his girlfriend's house on Friday, and/or Saturday nights. The home sat well off of White&Turley road up a long driveway that is known today as ''DA BAR Farm'' Anyone who passes through the area today will take lightly the gravity of the desolation of the area in 1980 as many new homes have been constructed in recent years. 30 plus years ago you were in the middle of nowhere when you reached this point of Clark county. As such there was an almost total lack of artificial lights save only for the headlights of your vehicle, and a few farm houses scattered sparsely along the Wades Mill road.

The first time the gentleman in question was spotted, my father was traveling alone to pick my mother's brother up. This had become a normal routine for my father, having done it nearly every weekend that spring, and early summer. He would drop my uncle off around 8pm, and the rule was my uncle had to be out of the young lady's house by midnight. My dad places the time at somewhere between 11:40pm and midnight as he passed the Mt. Caramel church and sped down the straight stretch approaching the defunct country store building.
He noticed nothing out of the ordinary as he listened to the radio and wondered if my mother would be asleep by the time he returned home. He saw the peeling white paint of the store front up ahead and began to slow for the sharp left hand curve that he well knew lay just beyond. With the store still fresh in his peripheral view the headlights from his car illuminated the fence row that bordered the curve ahead. As the lights picked up fence post after post, he saw what appeared to be the tattered grey clad figure of a confederate infantry soldier.
He seemed to be dressed for skirmish, or scout duty as the only gear my father noted seeing was a musket leaning against a phantom fence post, and a cartridge box and haversack about the man's neck hanging just below the waistline. He seemed to be resting against what was yet another phantom fence post that lay just beyond the modern and visible fence row. My dad said he knew immediately what it was standing there in the dim headlights before him. The appearance of the spectral soldier was such that there was no mistaking his southern allegiance. My father estimates he saw the figure before him for a total of 20 seconds before the car got past him, leaving him once again shrouded in inky darkness.
 

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