Not all ghosts seem to realize they are dead. Several people have told me stories that indicate that the ghost they encountered didn’t know they were dead. In Corrales, a small village located in the north valley near Albuquerque this type of encounter has happened more than once.
One confused ghost that appears in Corrales is a Civil War soldier. A resident of this village told me that as he walked along the back fence of his property--he spotted a young man dressed in an old fashioned Civil War uniform come out of his neighbors old shed. This soldier then approached him.
This young man who appeared to be dazed asked the man, “Where am I?” The property owner then discovered this young man didn’t seem to know the date or even the year. At the time, he was dumbfounded and before he could offer his assistance this soldier just walked off and then disappeared.
Months later another one of his neighbors told him that he most likely encountered this same soldier who didn’t seem to know he was out of place and time. He then discovered his daughter had talked to this ghost as well. All three of these encounters happened in broad daylight.
Seeing a Civil War soldier was startling but not surprising to these two men because there were battles fought in Albuquerque and surrounding areas during this war.
This type of ghost encounter is frustrating to say the least. One has to wonder why this poor soul seemed to be stuck in a state of limbo. A similar story to these two encounters happened to two sisters when they went to visit their mother’s grave.
As they were leaving they noticed a man walking between the gravestones. When they reached the road where their car was parked the man caught up to them. The cemeteries’ groundskeeper drove past and waved to the two women. He didn’t seem to notice the man.
The man then turned to them and asked for help. He explained to them “people all day had been acting like they didn’t even see him.” He stated that he had woken up in the graveyard that morning and that his friend must have left him there.
The man became more and more agitated as he talked to the two sisters. Now nervous, they moved quickly toward their car. They both looked back briefly and were stunned to see the man was nowhere in sight. Now scared, they wondered how he could just disappear so quickly in such a large open space.
As they drove off they both realized they had just seen a ghost. To this day they still wonder about his confusion.