The third section picks up after "the sergeant stepped aside". Here, the narrator tells of Farquhar's sensation of the rope breaking and his struggle to escape from the Union army. The perceptions of Farquhar seem somewhat supernatural because he can see insects on trees and even the color of the eyes of the Union soldier shooting at him. At the end of this section, the narration suddenly changes back to the third person and the reader discovers that Farquhar is dead. The narration has shifted to show the confusion and disorientation that Farquhar feels as he is dying on the end of the rope.