The Life of Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce was born on June 24, 1842 in Meiggs County in Ohio. His father was Marcus Aurelius and his mother was Laura Sherwood Bierce. Bierce was part of a large family. He was the tenth child born out of 13. Bierce attended one year of high school and when he was about the age of 15 he left his family. He then moved to Indiana where he was an assistant at an abolitionist newspaper. He eventually moved back to Ohio to live with his uncle, Lucius Verus, where he attended the Kentucky Military Institute for about one year, then dropped out. Bierce worked various odd jobs until the start of the Civil war. He then was a part of the 9th Indiana volunteers. His main job was a topographical engineer, but his hard work kept him moving up in the ranks. Battles he fought in include Shiloh, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and Kennesaw Mountain. He was injured in the head at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and also escaped being imprisoned in Gaylesville, Alabama (?The Life of Bierce?).
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