In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", how was Farquhar trapped by the federal scout who visited his plantation?

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In "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge" Farquhar and his wife are visited by what they think is a Confederate soldier, yet he is actually a Northern spy. This Union spy purposefully tells Peyton about a bridge -- Owl Creek Bridge" -- that can easily be taken and burned down because of an influx of driftwood that is near the bridge. Being the devout Southern man that he is, Peyton sees this as an opportunity to help the Confederacy. Therefore, he goes to the bridge, attempts to burn it down, and ends up being captured and hanged.