This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce. Influenced by his time as a first lieutenant in the US Civil. Complete summary of Ambrose Bierce’s Chickamauga. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Chickamauga. Story of the Week June 23, Ambrose Bierce, “Chickamauga”. Ambrose Bierce (–?) From Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales.

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The process was truly fantastic and engrossing. I haven’t been able to get it out of mind. He climbs on the back of one to play “horsey” only to be tossed off and noticing the man is missing his lower jaw and bleeding profusely. A small boy, who, with toy wooden sword in hand, wanders off into the woods to fight invisible foes, just as his ancestors have battled real ones. chickanauga

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I normally don’t post spoilers but this is a short story, and it’s over years old. I appreciate that it is a classic piece of literature, and that we are to identify with the pain of the soldiers and the boy, but to me, it was just a really depressing story that seemed nihilistic and fatalistic at bierfe.

It is a story full of symbols and from a light and subtle poetry finds its opposite, in a paradox of life and death between the cruel reality and the sweet illusion. The child soon loses his way and finally falls asleep for some hours. Anna Hardy rated it it was amazing.

Bierce himself fought at the Battle of Chickamauga, which must of been a great shock to him as the Civil War was the first, and only time these united Americans would pillage and murder each other on such a large scale. Sep 24, Julie rated it really liked it. Dec 04, Benjamin Stahl rated it really liked it. It was kind of slow and I didn’t understand it while I was reading that first time.


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The others are also badly w Almost hate to take credit for a “book”! Holy shit, that was surprising. When used as whole- class read-along, the kits solve the age-old problem of some students not reading the assignment.

Published October 28th by Balance Publications first published January 1st As I was reading it, I kept thinking these men were ghosts and that the child was somehow able to see them. A narrative that brilliantly blends the lyric of Childhood with the horror of human chickamaga, the oniric universe of infantile cihckamauga with the cruelty of war, in which ghosts of the past walk side by side with hauntings of the present, and the future is so uncertain as to the possible lines that would follow after the last words of this tale.

Severe notion of pretty hackneyed topic of the Civil War, narrated with unexpected perspective. But was not for me. Soon after he awakes, he is joined by hundreds of wounded and dying soldiers making their way in macabre fashion through the twilight near where the boy lies. The main character is bierve innocent as innocent can be, but sometimes innocence is both cruel and terrifying; it will make you ignorant to evil and ultimately drown you along with it Read for American Lit This was a really good story about coming to understand war.


It was a surprising feat for a story that was so short. But you’ll see nothing of the battle in this story. Aug 05, Torben Carlsen rated it it was amazing. Sep 14, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: Another Bierce power story. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

He is believed to have traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country’s ongoing revolution. A creepy story about a young boy on the battlefield of Chickamauga in the American Civil War. I am not too stupid to get the meaning from it. War is ugly and brutal chickamaga spares no one. I will spare you the grim ending but note that Bierce is often reported as “Poe like” in his writing and is known for his disturbing realism.

If you haven’t read it, you either plan to or know the plot. Jun 27, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was amazing.


This was a profoundly moving story about how in war there are no heroes. It’s almost like he’s writing a story about bierec boy that doesn’t realize the horrors he is witnessing until he sees is mother dead, and then surprise! A little boy goes wondering in the woods, gets lost overnight, and stumbles upon a very strange and somewhat horrifying spectacle of the night.

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