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Iconoclastic Memories of the Civil War

Iconoclastic Memories of the Civil War by Ambrose Bierce
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In "Iconoclastic Memories of the Civil War," Ambrose Bierce takes readers on a raw and unfiltered journey through his experiences as a soldier in the American Civil War. His writing is sharp, witty, and at times brutally honest. Bierce doesn't shy away from depicting the harsh realities of war, including the senseless violence, the impact on individual soldiers, and the destructive nature of conflict.

What sets this book apart is Bierce's unique perspective as a soldier who was willing to challenge the traditional narratives of heroism and glory surrounding war. Through his candid reflections, he exposes the dark underbelly of war and questions the very notion of valor and honor. Bierce's writing is both thought-provoking and deeply emotional, as he grapples with the trauma and moral ambiguity of his experiences on the battlefield.

While Bierce's writing style may not be for everyone, his bold and uncompromising approach offers a refreshing departure from more conventional accounts of the Civil War. "Iconoclastic Memories of the Civil War" is a poignant and searing look at the true cost of conflict, as seen through the eyes of a disillusioned and introspective soldier.

Book Description:
At the outset of the American Civil War, [the writer Ambrose] Bierce enlisted in the Union Army's 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment....In February 1862 he was commissioned First Lieutenant, and served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer, making maps of likely battlefields. Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh (April 1862), a terrifying experience that became a source for several later short stories and the memoir, "What I Saw of Shiloh". In June 1864, he sustained a serious head wound at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and spent the rest of the summer on furlough, returning to active duty in September. He was discharged from the army in January 1865.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - November 16, 2015
Subject: Iconoclastic Memories
Hard to say these short stories are good as the topic is still so sad, however they are worth a listen. Very well narrated.

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