Instead, almost against his will, he went on to become one of the sharpest American humorists who ever put pen to page.
He left home at 15 to become a printer's devil at a small abolitionist Ohio newspaper, the Northern Indianan. He Ambrose bierces world in the operations in Western Virginiawas present at the Battle of Philippi the first organized land action of the warand received newspaper attention for his daring rescue, under fire, of a gravely wounded comrade at the Battle of Rich Mountain.
Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh Aprila terrifying experience that became a source for several short stories and the memoir "What I Saw of Shiloh".
In April he was commissioned a first lieutenantand served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineermaking maps of likely battlefields. Thomas and Oliver O. Howardboth of whom supported his application for admission to West Point in May General Hazen believed Bierce would graduate from the military academy "with distinction" and William T.
Sherman also endorsed the application for admission even though stating he had no personal acquaintance with Bierce. He was discharged from the army in January His military career resumed, however, in mid, when he joined General Hazen as part of an expedition to inspect military outposts across the Great Plains.
The expedition traveled by horseback and wagon from OmahaNebraskaarriving toward year's end in San FranciscoCalifornia. Ambrose Bierce, by J. They had three children: Both of Bierce's sons died before he did.
Day committed suicide after a romantic rejection,   and Leigh died of pneumonia related to alcoholism.
They divorced in Bierce was an avowed agnostic. Bierce lived and wrote in England from tocontributing to Fun magazine. From tohe traveled to Rockerville and Deadwood in the Dakota Territoryto try his hand as local manager for a New York mining company. When the company failed he returned to San Francisco and resumed his career in journalism.
From January 1, until September 11, he was editor of The Wasp magazine, in which he began a column titled "Prattle".
He also became one of the first regular columnists and editorialists on William Randolph Hearst 's newspaper, The San Francisco Examiner eventually becoming one of the most prominent and influential writers and journalists[ citation needed ] of the West Coast.
He remained associated with Hearst Newspapers until Central Pacific executive Collis P.Ambrose Bierce: Ambrose Bierce, American newspaperman, wit, satirist, and author of sardonic short stories based on themes of death and horror.
His life ended in an unsolved mystery. Reared in Kosciusko county, Indiana, Bierce became a printer’s devil (apprentice) on a Warsaw, Indiana, paper after about a year in.
The Ambrose Bierce Papers, ca. – and the Collection of Ambrose Bierce Papers, –, bulk – are housed at The Bancroft Library. Nickell, J. (). Ambrose Bierce is missing and other historical mysteries. Ambrose Bierce is good at creating confusion and uncertainty in his world and stories. The examples from the short stories of Ambrose Bierce are only the tip .
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