“An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” is a short story by Ambrose Bierce that was first published in 1891. Peyton Farquhar is a wealthy landowner in the American Civil War-era South who is caught aiding the Confederacy and sentenced to death by hanging. On the day of his execution, he imagines escaping his execution and returning to his family. However, as he is about to be hanged, he wakes up to discover that his escape was only a dream.
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