Author(s): Ambrose Bierce
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is, perhaps, the most famous story by an American writer Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce, the admitted author of "horror stories". "A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees. Some loose boards laid upon the ties supporting the rails of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners-two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff."..