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The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 17
Written by Sam Egan
Directed by Mario Azzopardi
Production no. 127
Original airdate 28 July 2000
Guest stars

Joshua Leonard
Jonathan Scarfe
Alex Diakun
Meat Loaf

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"Gettysburg" is an episode of The Outer Limits television series. It first aired on 28 July 2000, during the sixth season.


Two friends, Andy and Vince, take part in an American Civil War re-enactment at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A time traveler disguised as a photographer takes their picture and transports them back to the eve of the real battle.

The time traveller, Nicholas Prentice, has done this because Andy will one day assassinate the President of the United States. In 2013 at a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, Andy will shoot the president to honor the flag of the Confederate States of America. Prentice wants to show Vince that "there is no glory in this or any other war."

The two are confused about why they were sent back there and demand to be sent home. Prentice tells them that he cannot return them until he has completed his mission, which he keeps a secret from them.

Prentice's camera/time machine is confiscated by the Confederates. Their commander, Col. Angus Devine (played by Meat Loaf) is transported to the year 2013 after Vince accidentally turns on the time travelling device while the colonel is in front of it.

Vince drops his book, a novel about historic battles of the Civil War; it is found by one of the civilians, but it has little impact on the episode. The woman returns the book towards the end of the episode.

Andy tries to stop Pickett's Charge and alter history, even after Prentice explains why he has been sent back there. Andy is deemed a coward and shot by a Confederate major.

Meanwhile, Colonel Devine, after finding himself in 2013, shoots a man dressed as Abraham Lincoln, thinking he really is Lincoln (it was part of a historical monument to honor the battle). As he is being taken down by the Secret Service, he fires 2 more shots from his revolver, hitting the real president in the chest, and ultimately killing him.

The episode ends with Prentice shaking his head in despair, as he witnesses the scene.


  • Joshua Leonard as Andy
  • Jonathan Scarfe as Vince
  • Alex Diakun as Nicholas Prentice
  • Meat Loaf as Col. Angus Devine
  • Aaron Pearl as Lt. Winters
  • Ocean Hellman as Pregnant Woman
  • Blu Mankuma as President
  • Todd Talbot as Reed Hollingsworth
  • David Storch as Major Hinton
  • Jason Gaffney as Joe Benton
  • Adrian Holmes as James
  • Haig Sutherland as Will Monroe
  • James Lauder as General Lee
  • Robert Moloney
  • Scott Bellis

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