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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Read for American Lit This was a really cnickamauga story about coming cjickamauga understand war. Dec 09, Ivy rated it liked it Shelves: What I can’t understand is what Bierce is trying to convey. If you haven’t read it, you either plan to or know the plot.

While he was sleeping, the area had become the theatre of the war, and he suddenly finds himself amids hundreds of dying and severly injured soldiers who are trying to make their way towards a nearby river.


Models for writing and producing classroom plays. In his wild fancy, the boy sees himself as the leader of this army the ghastliness of which he is completely unaware of, and he imagines leading them on towards battle. Even though I knew and I still know that this story wasn’t about zombies in the Civil War, I was truly creeped out by the perspective of the six-year old and the shambling near-corpses and the discovery that his mom was part of a charred ruin.


The child soon loses his way and finally falls asleep for some hours. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work — along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto “nothing matters” — earned him the ni Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist.

A little boy goes wondering in the woods, gets lost overnight, and stumbles upon a very strange and somewhat horrifying spectacle of the night. The process was truly fantastic and engrossing. After I read the end, I reread and it all snapped together for me and Chickamaugx loved it. Open Preview See a Problem? Refresh and try again.

Want to Read saving…. Definitely a good, quick read. Really uplifting stuff, Bierce. Bierve is a short story about biercw The Battle of Chickamauga. It was a surprising feat for a story that was so short. Sep 02, Sofia Galvez rated it it was ok Shelves: I’ve arranged my thoughts into a haiku: Dec 23, Garrett Cash rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m sure it was meant to elicit that response, and it did.

War is ugly and brutal and spares no one.

The contrast in how the boy sees what is happening with the adult’s understanding of the horror involved is striking, and memorable. 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.


Kinda crazy, but pretty good. After a while he leaves the moribund army behind him and arrives at the burning remnants of a farmhouse, whose flames inspire him to a wild dance of fascinated joy. Bierce’s deliverance of this to the child seemingly supernatural aftermath to a what I assume was some kind of massacre during the American Civil War, is perfectly effective in being both creepy and disturbing.

May 10, Chickanauga rated it really liked it Shelves: Not being vacuous or flippant: A child goes wandering through the woods.

It was kind of slow and I didn’t understand it while I was reading that first time. Finally, he lies down to rest and sleeps for several hours. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work — along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto “nothing matters” — earned him the nickname “Bitter Bierce.

Ring-boundpages. Almost hate to take credit for a “book”!

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