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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Aug 05, Torben Carlsen rated it it was amazing. But I read it for class, so there you go.

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. As I was reading it, I kept thinking these men were ghosts and that the child was somehow able to see them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To say more would spoil it.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I’m sure it was meant to elicit that response, and it did. For his conduct here he received a commendation from his leader, one General Hazen.

I’ve arranged my thoughts into a haiku: Severe notion of pretty hackneyed topic of the Civil War, narrated with unexpected perspective. Jun 05, Carol Ann Hoyt rated it it was amazing. Just a lost child, a deafening silence, footprints and ghost-like apparitions.


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May 10, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: He is believed to have traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country’s ongoing revolution. The innocence woven into civil war cruelty was well done, and shocking. Lists with This Book. Nov 04, Brooke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 27, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was amazing.

But you’ll see nothing of the battle in this story. The high interest audio production promotes enthusiastic responses from students. It was kind of slow and I didn’t understand it while Chockamauga was reading that first time.


Sep 02, Sofia Galvez rated it it was ok Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Arises the next morning and sees men crawling through the woods. The process was truly fantastic and engrossing.

A little boy goes wondering in the woods, gets lost overnight, and stumbles upon a very strange and somewhat horrifying spectacle of the night. To do this, he describes the perspective of an uncomprehending toddler who comes upon the retreat by chance. 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.


The contrast in how the boy sees what is happening with the adult’s understanding of the horror involved is striking, and memorable. This is represented through the image of the mother, whose brains are leaking from her skull after being raped by a gang of soliders.

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He then takes chicmamauga wooden sword and “leads” them. The child apparently lost his mother in the battle, and he too became a victim of the war. This was a profoundly moving story about how in war there are no heroes. Dec 18, Althea Ann rated it it was ok.

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