Monthly Archives: November 2015

OF MULES AND MEN: Ambrose Bierce and the “Fog” of War

  It was Winston Churchill, I believe, who once said that “truth is the first casualty of war.” For anyone perusing Bierce’s writings on the Civil War, we can see that this is a dictum which Bierce would have heartily … Continue reading

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No Dog in the Fight: Commemorating the Civil War without an Ancestor

I post this piece by a student of Gettysburg College because, even as the actual sesquicentennial winds down, the battle over the meaning and memory of the Civil War seems to be heating up. On the one hand we have … Continue reading

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Why We Are Is: Ambrose Bierce vs Historian James McPherson

Today, we commonly say, “The United States is going to Hell in a handbag” and not, “The United States are going to Hell in handbags” and think nothing of this grammatical absurdity. It was Pulitzer Prize winning historian James McPherson, … Continue reading

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