What I Saw of Shiloh
As he was unfavored, Ambrose Bierce went from Elkhart to Indianapolis to begin his training as a full-fledged member of Company C, Ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, with thousands of young men in the country who were making their own decisions for peace or war. Young men waited for the coming of the war in several parts of the country. The Ninth Indiana was mainly composed of farmers, shop clerks, school boys, and individualists like Bierce. After five weeks of slogging, it was ready for offensive action. Casualties were inevitable. Bierce published his masterful reminiscence of the battle in What I Saw of Shiloh in the San Francisco Wasp in December 1881.
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