“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce, 1890 — (Wikipedia) “Set during the American Civil War, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer condemned to death by hanging from Owl Creek Bridge. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist stands bound at the bridge’s edge. It is later revealed that after a disguised Union scout enlisted him to attempt to demolish the bridge, he was caught in the act.” He appears to escape but, at the last moment, the reader learns the truth of his fate.
Comments: Read in Perchance to Dream.
Author: Wikipedia: “Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (born June 24, 1842; died sometime after December 26, 1913) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist.”