The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Passersby 

While headed home, a Confederate soldier meets an anguished woman at the end of the Civil War.


Elliot Silverstein


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Gregory ... Confederate Sergeant
Joanne Linville ... Lavinia Godwin
Rex Holman ... Charlie Constable
David Garcia David Garcia ... Union Lieutenant
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Jud Godwin (as Warren Kemmerling)
Austin Green Austin Green ... President Abraham Lincoln


In April 1865, at the end of the American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers, stops to ask the Lavinia Godwin for some water. He asks to rest for a while and they talk about the damages of war as she now lives in her destroyed mansion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

6 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Battle of Yellow Tavern took place in May 1864 near Richmond, Virginia. Union cavalry under Major General Phil Sheridan outnumbered and outgunned Confederate cavalry led by Major General JEB Stuart. Stuart was mortally wounded and died the next day. See more »


Contrary to what some people seem to have heard, Abraham Lincoln did not say, "I'm the last casualty of the Civil War." He said, "I guess you might say I'm the last casualty of the Civil War." He was speaking figuratively, not literally. He was implying not that he thought himself the last casualty, but that other folks might refer to him as the "last casualty," because of the shocking effect his assassination had on the general populace of the United States as the war was winding down, and the traumatic effect his murder had on those who held him in high regard for keeping the union together in spite of the divisive war. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Incident on a dirt road during the month of April, the year 1865. As we've already pointed out, it's a road that won't be found on a map, but it's one of many that lead in and out of the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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One of the all-time best.
12 January 2013 | by robert-259-28954See all my reviews

There are so many accolades about Rod Serling's long-running "Twilight Zone" series that adding yet another glowing review seems redundant. But as a long time TZ aficionado (for over 50-years), this episode ranks among his best... the perfect casting, the script, the incredibly attention to detail—it's all here. Mr. Serling was a WWII vet, and so a strong edge of anti-war sentiment infuses many of his best stories, this one perhaps better than most. As one reviewer has already said, this tale scrupulously avoids the preachy or more maudlin aspects of typical anti-war stories, truly bringing together both warring factions in this post Civil War tale. It brings into sharp focus both the full tragedy and futility of war, where both the winners and the losers, the victors and the vanquished, suffer equally. After watching the superb Daniel Day Lewis in "Lincoln" recently, I couldn't help but compare his star turn to the short scene featuring an equally amazing Austin Green as Lincoln in the gracefully aging TZ version. Not only was he a dead ringer for the president, but even had his his high, thin voice down pat, perhaps one of the best characterizations of our 16th president in film memory.

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