In April 1865, at the end of the North American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers, stops to ask the widow 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
Two characters refer to "the Civil War," a term that contemporaries would not have used. See more »
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]
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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The Civil War in its final days is the setting for this most provocative of Twilight Zone episodes. There seems to be an interminable length to a road that goes by Joanne Linville's half destroyed plantation manor house with both Union and Confederate soldiers walking or on horseback just heading in one direction. There's no animosity between them, just gratitude that this fratricidal war is over.
That's something Linville can't understand as she's in mourning for a husband reported killed. A Confederate sergeant played by James Gregory stops to linger a while and the two bond though Gregory's quiet resignation is leaving her puzzled.
I can't say any more, but this is one of the best Twilight Zone stories out there about the utter futility of war and how it all ends the same for everybody. The last man on the road tells her this is so.
Don't miss this Twilight Zone story when broadcast.
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