“A Little of Chickamauga” by Ambrose Bierce

Battle of Chickamauga Anniversary Special:
There are no accounts of battle like Bierce’s accounts of battle.
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“A Little of Chickamauga”

Ambrose Bierce

The history of that awful struggle is well known—I have not the intention to record it here, but only to relate some part of what I saw of it; my purpose not instruction, but entertainment.

I was an officer of the staff of a Federal brigade. Chickamauga was not my first battle by many, for although hardly more than a boy in years, I had served at the front from the beginning of the trouble, and had seen enough of war to give me a fair understanding of it. We knew well enough that there was to be a fight: the fact that we did not want one would have told us that, Continue reading

“Chickamauga” by Ambrose Bierce

Battle of Chickamauga Anniversary Special:
The apotheosis of war.
⁓The Voice before the Void

“Chickamauga”

Ambrose Bierce

One sunny autumn afternoon a child strayed away from its rude home in a small field and entered a forest unobserved. It was happy in a new sense of freedom from control, happy in the opportunity of exploration and adventure; for this child’s spirit, in bodies of its ancestors, had for thousands of years been trained to memorable feats of discovery and conquest—victories in battles whose critical moments were centuries, whose victors’ camps were cities of hewn stone. From the cradle of its race it had conquered its way through two continents and passing a great sea had penetrated a third, there to be born to war and dominion as a heritage.

The child was a boy aged about six years, Continue reading