Category Archives: Battle of Stone’s River

BEHOLD A PALE RIDER: A CIVIL WAR GHOST TALE

Fact or Fiction?  BIERCE’S TALE OF A “BAFFLED” AMBUSH After lengthy and arduous research into the wartime career of Ambrose Bierce, famed short story writer, Civil War soldier, satirist, curmudgeon and aficionado of the bizarre and supernatural, readers will forgive me if, … Continue reading

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General Debility and General Winter: A Civil War Christmas, Part 11

Christmas, 1864  The valiant Army of Tennessee had been smashed and its tattered remnants were in full retreat as they were closely pursued by General Thomas’ Army of the Cumberland. During the pursuit, a Union brigadier sends an urgent message to … Continue reading

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William B. Hazen, the “Best Hated” Man in the Army

If there was a single person who left an indelible impact on Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce’s life, it was Brigadier General William Babcock Hazen. Hazen was born in Vermont in 1830, but his family moved westward from New England to the … Continue reading

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A Cold Night at Stones River

In surveying Ambrose Bierce’s war literature, one will inevitably come across two anthologies which had supposedly collected all AGB’s stories and memoirs related to the Civil War. Unfortunately, both anthologies, while each work has its merits, both omitted at least … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1862: A Civil War Christmas, Part 6

CHRISTMAS 1862. It had been a bloody year and December of 1862 proved to be a bloody month. The confidence and initial optimism of the Rebels had been dashed by the series of defeats at Forts Donelson and Henry in … Continue reading

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