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Peyton Farquhar, the man being hanged, was betrayed by a Federal scout. Farquhar and his wife met the scout, who was disguised as a Confederate soldier, when he approached them one evening and asked for a drink of water. Because Mr. and Mrs. Farquhar believed that he served in the Confederate army, they were pleased to be able to assist the man. Unfortunately, they provided the spy with information regarding the Owl Creek bridge, which support railroad tracks and was a valuable asset to whichever side (Union or Confederate) possessed the power to control it.
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