This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce. Influenced by his time as a first lieutenant in the US Civil. Complete summary of Ambrose Bierce’s Chickamauga. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Chickamauga. Story of the Week June 23, Ambrose Bierce, “Chickamauga”. Ambrose Bierce (–?) From Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales.

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Ring-boundpages. There are cihckamauga discussion topics on this book yet. Awakening, he still has not realized that he has lost his bearings and instead, he sets out for further adventures. This was a profoundly moving story about how in war there are no heroes. Jun 27, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was amazing.

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It is a story full of symbols and from a light and subtle poetry finds its opposite, in a paradox of life and death between the cruel reality and the A narrative that brilliantly blends the lyric of Childhood with the horror of human violence, the oniric universe of infantile imagination with the cruelty of war, in which ghosts of the past walk side by side with hauntings of the present, and the future is so uncertain as to the possible lines that would follow after the last words of this tale.

Jun 05, Carol Ann Hoyt rated it it was amazing. War is ugly and brutal and spares no one. I’m sure it is, but it was a boring read, as there is no dialogue and it only makes sense at the end when we find out the kid is a deaf-mute and it is written awkwardly.

I normally don’t post spoilers but this is a short story, and it’s over years old. I’m sure it was meant to elicit that response, and it did. Feb 21, Shaine rated it liked it. And the descriptions are downright grotesque: I hate when you put down a classic and people say, “But you just don’t get it,” or “Maybe it was too difficult for you.


Models for writing and producing classroom plays. This is a short story about a The Battle of Chickamauga. He climbs on the back of one to play “horsey” only to be tossed off and noticing the man is missing his lower jaw and bleeding profusely.

Undaunted, the little boy pushes his way into the wilderness but when he encounters a rabbit, he is so afraid that he takes to his heels. Bierce’s deliverance of this to the child seemingly supernatural aftermath to a what I assume was some kind of massacre during the American Civil War, is perfectly effective in being both creepy and disturbing.

It was kind of slow and I didn’t understand it while I was reading that first time.

Read-Along Radio Dramas may be used with all language arts areas and ability levels English, reading, drama, ESL, special education, etc. He then takes his wooden sword and “leads” them. Anna Hardy rated it it was amazing. Not being vacuous or flippant: Preview — Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce.

I kept thinking the soldiers were ghost or zombies. Almost hate to take credit for a “book”! To ask other readers questions about Chickamaugaplease sign up. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The boy then notices an orange glow in the distance and hears the sound of battle and off he heads in that direction.


It was not romantic nor noble. The boy could be interpreted as a stand-in for all those who are fascinated by war and who are less so on a purely intellectual and rather safe basis but who even engage in it. As I was reading it, I kept thinking these men were ghosts and that the child was somehow able to see them. A creepy story about a young boy on the battlefield of Chickamauga in the American Civil War.

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The boy strays too far and becomes lost. Very good short story from Bierce, and I would argue, a precursor of Modernism literature with the disillusionment with war. Once you know the details, rereading it again can make you see it in a whole different light and it’s powerful!


And what is even more tragic, the boy is deaf — so he cannot listen to others but must learn from his own experience which is not the worst thing in the world – and he is mute — so he cannot tell others what he has eventually learned which, paradoxically, is one of the worst things in the world.

Switching from narrator to the boy’s POV is supposed to help, but I find it confusing. In his wild fancy, the boy sees himself as the leader of this army the ghastliness of which he is completely unaware of, and he imagines leading them on towards battle. Bierce did an excellent job of painting a grotesque picture with a child-like eye.

Dec 04, Benjamin Stahl rated it really liked it. Arises the next morning and sees men crawling through the woods. He ends up at home, where is mother is dead.

Read this book for class and I enjoyed it. Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories.

Oct 02, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? This way, he manages to show the utter horror of war, which is inextricably linked with the baseness and the evil of human nature.

Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce

Lists with This Book. Much nicer to read than this story. The cjickamauga soon loses chickkamauga way and finally falls asleep for some hours. I haven’t been able to get it out of mind. Bierce would hardly be Bierce, however, unless he had given this story some subtext far less sentimental — even though the trauma of the boy will affect you.

Soon after he awakes, he is joined by hundreds of wounded and dying soldiers making their way in macabre fashion through the twilight near where the boy lies.