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Shadows of Blue & Gray

The Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce; Edited by Brian M. Thomsen

Forge Books

Shadows of Blue and Gray collects all of Bierce's classic Civil War short stories—twenty-seven in all—along with several autobiographical sketches on the author's experiences at the front lines of Shiloh, Chickamauga, and Franklin. This book, which exhibits some of the most compelling war reportage and realist ficition ever written, represents a zenith in both the life and letters an American master.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

TALES TOLD & STORIES SPUN
Chickamauga
A Horseman in the Sky
Parker Adderson, Philosopher
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Two Military Executions
The Mocking-Bird
A Tough Tussle
The Major's Tale
A Son of the Gods
A Man with Two Lives
One of the Missing
The Coup de Grace
Killed at Resaca
The Affair at Coulter's Notch
An Affair of Outposts
The Story of a Conscience
One Kind of Officer
One Officer, One Man
George Thurston
Three and One Are One
A Baffled Ambuscade
A Resumed Identity
A Jug of Sirup
Jupiter Doke, Brigadier-General
The Other Lodgers
The Spook House

MEMOIRS & CHRONICLES
On a Mountain
What I Saw of Shiloh
A Little of Chickamauga
The Crime at Pickett's Mill
Four Days in Dixie
What Occurred at Franklin
'Way Down in Alabam'

REMINISCENCE & MEMORIA
A Sole Survivor
A Bivouac of the Dead

AFTERWORD

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Chickamauga
 
 
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
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Praise for Shadows of Blue & Gray

"Twenty-seven stories, along with some memoirs and reportage ... famous for their unflinching look at the brutality of war" - Publishers Weekly

"The most important American writer who served as a combat soldier in the Civil War" - Booklist

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  • Ambrose Bierce; Edited by Brian M. Thomsen

  • Ambrose Bierce was one of the leading men of letters in 19th-century America. Among his most important books were The Devil's Dictionary and Tales of Soldiers and Civilians.
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