The Woods of Chickamauga
Governor Oliver P. Morton traveled to the front to check what happened to his troops in Tennessee a few weeks after Shiloh. He saw an archaic eighteenth-century siege in the process of being wound around the Confederate stronghold at Corinth by the new Union commander on the scene, Major General Henry “Old Brains” Halleck. In An Affair of Outpost, Bierce fictionalized the trip of Governor Morton. This ironic short story is a bitter denunciation of both romantic betrayal and fatuous patriotism. After the fall of Corinth, the Ninth Indiana helped in pursuing the retreat of the Confederates into central Mississippi, before being detached to guard the Memphis and Charleston Railroad in northern Alabama.
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