Category Archives: Ambrose Bierce

GENERALS BEHAVING BADLY: AMBROSE BIERCE ON INCOMPETENCE, DRUNKENNESS AND OTHER QUIRKS OF SENIOR COMMANDERS

If the reader has perused a number of my previous articles, they may notice that Ambrose Bierce’s pronouncements on the Civil War are a particular interest of mine.  My apologia for this has to do with researching, writing and revising … Continue reading

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AMBROSE BIERCE ON THE 7TH NEW YORK VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

One might think that after one has written over 100,000 words on a subject–in this case, Ambrose Bierce and the Period of Honorable Strife–one has said all there is to say on a subject.  But that is not the case; … Continue reading

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Major Bierce Reviews Napoleon

  As Ambrose Bierce and the Period of Honorable Strife details in some depth, before Ambrose Bierce was the notorious cynic and destroyer of Humbug, he was an idealist and war hero.  All of his biographers acknowledged that fact, although … Continue reading

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THE FALL OF NASHVILLE, FEBRUARY 25, 1862

On February 25, 1862, the city of Nashville fell to the Union Army of the Ohio.  In the aftermath of Grant’s famous victory at Forts Donelson and Henry, the importance of this event has tended to be overlooked by history … Continue reading

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Home is the Hunter: Christmas, 1865. A Civil War Christmas

Christmas, 1865.  The fighting was over, the armies disbanded and all over the nation men were returning to hearth and home.  When the war began the country was an agrarian republic of dispersed and disputing communities; by war’s end the … Continue reading

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OF MULES AND MEN

  While I go into the background behind this short story of Ambrose Bierce’s in greater depth in Ambrose Bierce and the Period of Honorable Strife, I thought a word or two would be appropriate as an intro to this … Continue reading

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Why We Are Is: McPherson vs Bierce

The Pulitzer Prize winning historian James McPherson, in summing up his 900 page history of the Late Unpleasantness, famously observed that after the Civil War our country, The United States of America, which used to referred to in the plural … Continue reading

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Sunday is a day of rest, or it should be; all the more so if it is Easter Sunday.  April sixth, 1862 started out that way for the Union forces camped along the Tennessee River.  At Pittsburg Landing, where most … Continue reading

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Ambrose Bierce: Spymaster?

Having spent the last several years researching, then writing, about noted American author Ambrose Bierce’s wartime service during the Civil War, one would think by now that I had uncovered all there was to know about the man noted for … Continue reading

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Ambrose Bierce and the Other Flag Debate

  For all those following the current debates over the display of Confederate flags, may find it of interest that the Confederate Battle Flag has been a bone of contention before, albeit under different circumstances. Ambrose Bierce, whom I have … Continue reading

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