The Moonlit Road and Other Ghost and Horror Stories

In the book An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

What is the Union soldiers' reason for hanging Farquhar? Give cite and evidence from section ii to support your answer.

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He's being hung as a spy.

As a civilian, he has done the unspeakable and traveled to interfere with the Union soldier's attempt to fix the bridge at Owl Creek. He is caught, and the laws state that civilians are not exempt from punishment.

"The Yanks are repairing the railroads," said the man, "and are getting ready for another advance. They have reached the Owl Creek bridge, put it in order and built a stockade on the north bank. The commandant has issued an order, which is posted everywhere, declaring that any civilian caught interfering with the railroad, its bridges, tunnels, or trains will be summarily hanged. I saw the order."