An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Questions and Answers
by Ambrose Bierce

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Does Payton support the North or the South?

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Peyton Farquhar supports the Confederacy. As the text makes abundantly clear, he is "ardently devoted to the Southern cause." He hails from a respected Alabama family that has lived in the area for generations. Under the circumstances, it would be amazing if he weren't a supporter of the Confederacy.

Peyton's support for the Confederacy is so fanatical that he's prepared to do whatever it takes to advance the Southern cause, irrespective of the dangers to himself or to others. This leads him into making the fateful decision to attempt to destroy the bridge at Owl Creek in order to hold up the Northern Army's advance. Unfortunately for Peyton,...

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