While headed home a Confederate soldier meets an anguished woman at the end of the Civil War.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Confederate Sergeant
Lavinia Godwin
Charlie Constable
David Garcia ...
Union Lieutenant
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Jud Godwin (as Warren Kemmerling)
Austin Green ...


In April 1865, at the end of the American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers, stops to ask the Lavinia Godwin for some water. He asks to rest for a while and they talk about the damages of war as she now lives in her destroyed mansion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

6 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jamie Farr (best known for his role as the cross dresser in M*A*S*H hoping to get a "section 8") is seen at the beginning. He is one of the soldiers with the bottom of his face covered. See more »


A female character wears full 1960s makeup and earrings. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: This road is the afterwards of the Civil War. It began at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and ended at a place called Appomattox. It's littered with the residue of broken battles and shattered dreams.
[a Confederate soldier passing by a plantation house stops and has a conversation with the recently widowed owner sitting on the front porch]
Narrator: [narration continues] In just a moment, you will enter a strange province that knows neither North nor South, a place we call - The Twilight ...
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Heading Down That Long Lonesome Road
21 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a more introspective and talky episode. It is also quite obvious from the start. When we see all those Union and Confederate soldiers walking down the same road, it doesn't take a genius to figure out what is taking place. There is the sort of Southern banter between the widow in the old mansion and James Gregory, the "minstrel." But the coldness of the setting and the talk indicates to us that there isn't much hope. I guess this is one of Serling's messages of the evils of war and that there are few winners. This was especially true of this war. I think the weakness here is that it drones on and on. When a certain figure shows up at the end, it is just a bit much for me.

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