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Belligerent MuseFive Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War$
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Stephen Cushman and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618777

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618791.001.0001

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Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History

Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History

(p.115) Chapter Four Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History
Belligerent Muse

Stephen Cushman

Gary W. Gallagher

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Ambrose Bierce's Civil War writings which attracted much attention in the 1880s. It examines the Battle of Chikamauga in both public works and private correspondence. It describes the story of a deaf-mute boy who experienced nightmares about wounded soldiers retreating from war and the death of his mother. It concludes that Bierce's writings about the confederate victory at Chikamauga are important because they portrayed the meaning of the art of writing in Civil War military history.

Keywords:   Civil War writings, confederate victory, Battle of Chikamauga, military history

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