“The Pickets”



51e4EC5HBbL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_The Pickets

McClure’s Magazine, Volume 7, October 1896

Robert W. Chambers considered Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Bierce among his influences.


“The Pickets” by Robert W. Chambers



  • Craig – “Johnny Reb”
  • Alden – Young, kind “Yank”
  • Connor – Old, cantankerous “Yank”


  • What are the conditions the characters find themselves in? What words set the scene?
  • Where, if anywhere, does the description of these conditions change?
  • What is the significance of the river?


  • What words does Chambers use instead of “said”?

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The 1954 short film A Time Out of War, based on “The Pickets,” was the first student film to win an Oscar; brothers Denis and Terry Sanders won the Oscar for Best Short Subject (Two Reel) in 1955. (It beat out a Walt Disney short! — Siam) The budget for the film was $2000.

From American Film Foundation: Oscar-winning dramatic short film based on the Robert W. Chambers story, “Pickets.” It is about Civil War soldiers on two sides of a river who decide to call a cease-fire for a few hours — creating a “time out of war.”


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