During the American Civil War, Union troops are about to hang a man, a Southerner, from the Owl Creek bridge. As he goes over the side with the noose around his neck the rope breaks and he manages to unbind his hands and feet. As he swims downstream, he has images of home and his lovely wife. He also manages to evade the troops who are trying to stop him. Just as he reaches his destination however, his true circumstances are revealed.
Did You Know?
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce
was originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890. See more
When the board falls during the hanging, a hinge is briefly visible, allowing the board to snap back up in place instead of falling in to the river. See more
An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in two forms - as it was dreamed and as it was lived and died. This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination, the ingredients of The Twilight Zone.