Between 1861 and 1865, both the Union and the Confederates both sides uses cities as their military targets. The armies (Union and Confederates) destroyed factories, storage buildings and supply centers to eliminate the enemy's ability to take care of themselves during the war (Civil War). When Peyton Farquhar was tricked into sabotaging the Owl Creek Bridge, it represents all of the property that was damaged or destroyed during the Civil War.
Ambrose Bierce uses the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” to demonstrate the consequences of war. In “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Peyton was being killed (by a hanging) for trying to sabotage Owl Creek Bridge. The Civil War took almost one million lives, including innocent women and