Bierce- Biographical 2

Bierce- Biographical 2 - Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24,...

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – 1914?) American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, Today best known for his Devil's Dictionary . Nicknamed “the wickedest man in San Francisco” and “Bitter Bierce” in England because of his “dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic” Born in rural Ohio to a farming family, grew up in Indiana. 10 th of 13 children 1857- 1859 Worked variously as printer's apprentice for the antislavery newspaper Northern Indianan Army Career: At outset of Civil War, enlisted in Union Army, Indiana Volunteers. Served as topographical engineer Fought in Battle of Shiloh (April 1862) – a terrifying experience. Fought bravely in campaigns at Stone's River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Franklin, Nashville, and Atlanta (LRC) 1864, June - wounded in battle at Kennesaw Mountain, furloughed until fall. Discharged Jan. 1865. Joined army expedition to inspect military posts across the Great Plans, from Omaha to San Francisco. Received rank as brevet Major before resigning Marriage, Children: 1871, Married Mary Ellen – had three children. One of the two boys died in a brawl over a girl; the other died of pneumonia related to alcoholism. 1888 – separated after discovering compromising letters to his wife from an admirer; divorced in 1904. She died in 1905. Literary Career:
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