Confederate scout Sgt. Joseph Paradine is at his campsite with fellow scout Dauger. Paradine tries to listen for the Union forces but can't hear anything where they were earlier. He dismisses Dauger as incompetent, and Dauger admits he's getting weary of the war. They hear the sound of men on horseback approaching the nearby town where the Union forces are supposed to be approaching. The noise suddenly stops and Paradine plans to go into the valley but despite Dauger's objections Dauger refuses, insisting he wants to stay alive and they should surrender. Paradine slaps him and rides into the valley on his own. He enters the town and the church bell starts to toll. Moving through the town, Paradine comes across a platoon of Union soldiers, totally immobile. Puzzled, Paradine tries to wake them up without success. He takes some food and then hears a vase fall over in a nearby window. He investigates but finds nothing, but as he leaves a hand reaches over the window sill...Read the full recap
In season 4, this episode was replayed. It was the only half-hour episode which was rerun during the hour-long season.
Vaughn Taylor is also in "Time Enough at Last," "I Sing the Body Electric," "The Incredible World of Horace Ford," and "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross."
This episode is based on the short story "The Valley Was Still" by Manly Wade Wellman, first published in Weird Tales (August, 1939).
Narrator: The time is 1863, the place the state of Virginia. The event is a mass blood-letting known as the Civil War, a tragic moment in time when a nation was split into two fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation. . . This is Joseph Paradine, Confederate cavalry, as he heads down toward a small town in the middle of a valley. But very shortly, Joseph Paradine will make contact with the enemy. He will also make contact with an outpost not found on a military map - an outpost called the Twilight Zone.
Paradine: Mr. Dauger, I extend my sympathies so long as your yellow eats at your inside. But when it crawls into my bivouac and tries to climb up on my horse, I withdraw my sympathy and give you the back of my hand.
Dauger: You going down there alone.
Paradine: Just me and this brave horse. For want of anything else.
Old Man: Hypnotism? This is conjure stuff!
Old Man: That's who we'll have fightin' on our side, the devil!
Paradine: What do we call them? "Damn Yankees," don't we, lieutenant? That's the phrase, ain't it. "Damn Yanks." If I read aloud from this book, it'll be the Confederacy that's damned.
Dauger: It's that book or it's the end.
Paradine: Then let it be the end. If it must come, let it come. But if this cause it to be buried, then let it be put in hallowed ground.
Paradine: If this cause is to be buried, let it be put in hallowed ground.
Narrator: On the following morning, Sergeant Paradine and the rest of these men were moved up north to a little town in Pennsylvania, an obscure little place where a battle was brewing, a town called Gettysburg, and this one was fought without the help of the Devil. Small historical note not to be found in any known books, but part of the records in the Twilight Zone.