Confederate Sergeant Joseph Paradine goes into the nearby town and finds that the Union forces there seem to be frozen in time. He learns from an old man that being a male witch he cast a spell on them using his book of magic. The old man sees the Yankees as invaders and is keen that the South win the war. Anticipating that he is going to die by sunset, he gladly gives his book of witchcraft to Paradine to support the cause. When he returns to camp, Paradine's commanding officer is far more concerned about the battle they will enter into the next morning than about the book his Sergeant has in his possession. Written by
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Toward the end, Paradine remarks that "we're losing... the Confederacy is cracking into little pieces... this cause is dying right in front of us". This would have been an absurd statement to make even just a week before Gettysburg, as the South was appearing to win the war up until that battle. See more »
On the following morning, Sergeant Paradine and the rest of these men were moved up north to a little town in Pennsylvania, an obscure little place where a battle was brewing, a town called Gettysburg - and this one was fought without the help of the Devil. Small historical note not to be found in any known books, but part of the records - in The Twilight Zone.
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This was a great episode, based off of a Manly Wade Wellman short story that was featured in Weird Tales back in the '30s. If I remember correctly, the written story was more Lovecraftian, but Rod Serling did a great job transferring it to the boob tube. I read this story in Peter Haining's Weird Tales Anthology As I am aware there are quite a few anthology books. I caught this episode at 430am on the sci fi channel and when it starts I thought something felt pretty familiar (I have seen my fair share of old twilight zone episodes but personally prefer those from the '80s, and happenstance I hadn't seen this episode) Great adaptation of a great story. Check out Haining's anthology if you get a chance, it has a lot of great shorts in it
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