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. The Chickamauga Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and Chickamauga study guide contains a biography of Ambrose Bierce, literature. Complete summary of Ambrose Bierce’s Chickamauga. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Chickamauga.

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Slightly higher rating since I just visited those woods and the effect is powerful. 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 employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. Even though I knew and I still know that this story wasn’t about zombies in the Civil War, I was truly creeped out by the perspective of the six-year old and the shambling near-corpses and the discovery that his mom was part biercd a charred ruin. Nov 10, K. As I was reading it, I kept thinking these men were ghosts and that the child was somehow able to see them. Really uplifting stuff, Bierce.

The contrast between the dreadfully wounded men and the innocent child made quite an impact on me. 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. I appreciate that it is a classic piece of literature, and that we are to identify with the pain of the soldiers and the boy, but to me, it was just a really depressing story that seemed nihilistic and fatalistic at once.

The most macabre and most telling scene, then, is when the boy is heading his own private army, which — as all armies do — consists of dying men, and when, in the glee of his triumph over an imaginary enemy, the boy fails to realize that what he is gloating upon is actually his own home, or what is left of it.


I started wondering, though, when the boy got on the back of one man and was flung off. I probably had to read parts of this 3 different times to fully understand it. Nov 04, Brooke rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is represented through the image of the mother, whose brains are leaking from her skull after being raped by a gang of soliders.

Jan 16, Miguel Vega amborse it liked it Shelves: Jun 27, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. The kits were designed for use with language arts students in 6th grade through adult levels.

I normally don’t post spoilers but this is a short story, and it’s over years old. The others are also badly wounded and attempting to crawl to safety. The chickamaufa strays too far and becomes lost.

The boy then notices an orange glow in the distance and hears the sound of battle and off he heads in that direction. A little boy goes wondering in the woods, gets chickamauag overnight, and stumbles upon a very strange and somewhat horrifying spectacle of the night. I am not too stupid to get the meaning from it.

Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce

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 abmrose the sweet illusion. The main character is as innocent as innocent can be, but sometimes innocence is both cruel and terrifying; it will make you ignorant to evil and ultimately drown you along with it A soul-shaking little story.

May 21, Chkckamauga Meditationseed rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m sure it was meant to elicit that response, and it did. Learning Stations — Individual home school for instance or small group activities.

The child apparently lost bu mother in the battle, and he too became a victim of the war. Dec 09, Ivy rated it liked it Shelves: Not too sure where the name comes from, but maybe I missed it. Dec 23, Garrett Cash rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a colorful, articulate, and yet harsh short story that has some connection to Bierce’s reflection of the Battle of Chickamauga.


Dec 04, Benjamin Stahl rated it really liked it. This boy surely has the common sense of a modern politician. Dec 11, Kara Strebel rated it it was ok Shelves: To say more would spoil it.

This story was very weird and a bit hard to follow. The process was truly fantastic and engrossing.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 14, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: Emergency Lesson Plans — When teacher is absent, students are engaged in appropriate activities.

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. A small boy, who, with toy wooden chikamauga in hand, wanders off into the woods to fight invisible foes, just as his ancestors chicckamauga battled real ones.

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A child goes wandering through the woods. I just didn’t like the story. I had to write a lengthy analysis, which I will spare you, but I thought this one perfectly illustrated how we can only be afraid of what we know and understand, and sometimes we fear simple, harmless things while glorifying truly terrifying events like war simply because we have not seen them for what they really are.

Arises the next morning and sees men crawling through the woods. He then takes his wooden sword and “leads” them. Empathy for the boy and soldiers?

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.