In the summer of 1999, i was in a local park with my girlfriend. there are some dense woods in the back of this park, and we were hiking along the trails out there when we found a nice place to rest nestled between a stream and a dryed up ravine. we were talking and laughing and being rather loud when i got the feeling we were being watched. i stared off into the woods and locked eyes with a man standing across the dryed ravine. he was probably 30 to 40 feet away from us. he was dressed in all brown with a flat topped hat. he had a scruffy beard and a stare i will never forget. we stared at each other for what must have been 30 seconds, then he started walking towards us. i watched as he headed down into the ravine that was between us and vanished before my eyes. i was completely terrified. grabbed my girl by the arm and started running.
about a week later i went back to the site with 4 of my closest friends. we were trying to find the spot where i had seen this man. we searched the area for a few hours, but the spot wasnt there. disappointed we started to head back to the car when we stumbled upon a historical marker that i had not seen before.
this marker told of the confederate black powder mill that once stood on this site that had exploded in a horriffic accident in 1863. 3 confederate soldiers died in the blast.
and that was the end of the story for 12 years. but something amazing happened this past week.
i was talking to my brother and that incident with the vanishing soldier came up. he asked me if i ever tryed to look up a picture of the soldier i saw. so i went home and did some research and sure enough i was able to find pictures of 2 of the 3 men that died in the explosion. one of them named "william bloecher" was a dead ringer for the man i saw that day. the picture showed him clean shaven, but the eyes were unmistakable. so i went into photoshop and added a beard and a confederate hat. i am absolutely convinced this is the man i saw!
the hat isnt quite right, but this is without a doubt the person i saw.