Civil War Stories, Paperback Book

Civil War Stories Paperback

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4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780486280387

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Ambrose Bierce served during the American Civil War, serving as a cartographer and officer for the Union. In these 16 compelling tales, Bierce conveys the sights and sounds from a soldier's perspective of the war, ranging from being in the heart of battle in "What I Saw of Shiloh" to a young boy lost in the woods in "Chickamauga" to tales of the supernatural and of odd events, including "One of the Missing" -- a chilling tale of a soldier in an abandoned house -- and his famous "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge." Bierce's no-nonsense style puts the reader in the heart of the action, making the reader take an active part in the events.

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No other writer puts the reader into the soul of the soldier better than Mr. Bierce. His experience as a reconnaissance officer gave him the training to observe and repair to the rear with detail etched in mind, which he transcribed into his short stories. Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a prime example as is Chicamauga. One of the very few America authors appreciated by the Brits in the 19th century. And with good reason

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Bierce served in the Union Army and was seriously wounded. After the war, he became a journalist and writer. These stories are gleaned from his publish collections so the editors probably considered these his best. I found them uneven but there were several that will stick with me especially the story, " A Horseman in the Sky", in which a father and son find themselves on opposite sides although the reader is not made aware that the father is in the army until the final line of the narrative. The concluding line reminded me of an O. Henry story ending.Bierce was noted for his dark view of life and it is very evident in this collection. Some of the descriptions of battlefields & the wounds suffered by the soldiers could have been taken from the WW II memoir, "With the Old Breed".