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Unbeknownst to him, his mother has called a search party to find the missing boy and is frantic over the whereabouts of her young son. When the boy wakes up, he sees unidentifiable figures approaching him and comes to see that they are a multitude of horrifically mutilated soldiers, all of whom are crawling on their knees across the ground. The child is entertained by the sight because it reminds him of the circus, allowing him to interpret the scene as a humorous spectacle of sorts. Inspired by this memory, the child mounts the back of one of the crawling soldiers, who swiftly flings the boy off of his back.

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Summary A boy sets out into the woods with a wooden sword, combating imaginary enemies. His father is a poor farmer who had once been a soldier. He is frightened by a rabbit and becomes disoriented.

Lost, tired, and sobbing for his mother, the boy lays down between two rocks and goes to sleep. Meanwhile, the men at the plantation search for the boy, as his mother worries. The boy wakes at twilight and sees an eerie fog over the brook, but does not go back across it.

Instead he moves deeper into the woods, where he comes upon something he thinks is a large animal, perhaps a bear. He sees several of these creatures move towards the brook. Fog of War The boy realizes that these are men, crawling on their hands and knees, and they keep coming by the hundreds.

Some of them fall dead, and some clutch at their faces and throw their hands to the sky. He goes around looking into their faces, which are pale and streaked with blood. The boy is reminded of clowns and thinks this is a game. The child is frightened, and realizes that the situation is a serious one.

The wounded men continue to drag themselves along. A red light brightens the landscape. The boy follows the men, eventually passing them and taking the lead. He holds forth his wooden sword and imagines that he is directing their march. The objects scattered on the ground reveal the movements of troops, and the tracks in the mud show that there has been movement in both directions. The narrator reveals that the men had already passed through as the boy slept and they are now retreating.

The boy had somehow slept through a thunderous battle. The boy heads towards the firelight on the far side of the creek that is becoming more intense. Some of the men drown as they try to cross.

The boy waves his cap and gestures towards the fire with his sword. He leads the party through the trees and to a burning house. He is excited by the flames and throws his sword into the blaze to feed it. He notices that some of the surrounding buildings look familiar and he realizes that the burning home is his own. He finds the dilapidated corpse of a woman, probably his mother, and the narrator reveals that the boy is deaf and mute.

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Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce: Summary & Analysis

Summary A boy sets out into the woods with a wooden sword, combating imaginary enemies. His father is a poor farmer who had once been a soldier. He is frightened by a rabbit and becomes disoriented. Lost, tired, and sobbing for his mother, the boy lays down between two rocks and goes to sleep. Meanwhile, the men at the plantation search for the boy, as his mother worries. The boy wakes at twilight and sees an eerie fog over the brook, but does not go back across it. Instead he moves deeper into the woods, where he comes upon something he thinks is a large animal, perhaps a bear.

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He served with the Union army in the western theater of the Civil War. He fought at Shiloh and Chickamauga and was seriously wounded at Kennesaw Mountain. He wrote the following story based on his experiences at Chickamauga. From the cradle of its race it had conquered its way through two continents and passing a great sea had penetrated a third, there to be born to war and dominion as a heritage. Ambrose Bierce in Wikimedia Commons The child was a boy aged about six years, the son of a poor planter. In his younger manhood the father had been a soldier, had fought against naked savages and followed the flag of his country into the capital of a civilized race to the far South. In the peaceful life of a planter the warrior-fire survived; once kindled, it is never extinguished.

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