An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a haunting narrative about a Confederate sympathizer during the American Civil War, who is sentenced to death by hanging from the Owl Creek Bridge. As he awaits his fate, he slips into a profound daydream where he escapes his executioners and returns to his family. However, the story takes a sharp turn when it's revealed that his escape was merely a hallucination in the final moments before his death.

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