Chickamauga seriousness of what he’s found, the soldiers

Chickamauga is short story by Ambrose Bierce that takes place in
1863 during the American Civil War. It is an anti-war narrative that also
speaks to the evolution of humans in battle. A young child, the son of a
veteran is the central character. Having grown up around war and being born
of a soldier the child shows insensitivity to wounded men that few could
understand. Not only insensitive to the setting, the child makes a game of
the situation at hand. At the end of this short story, both the reader and
the child are shown the true gravity of this tale.
On an apparent typical afternoon, in the setting of this story, a
young child wanders from his home playing games. After being frighten by a
rabbit the child takes a nap and wakes to what seems a dream, to the reader
unfamiliar with the back drop of this story. In the goriest detail the
child happens upon what he thinks are animals. Shortly after, it becomes
evident these “animals” are retreating, wounded soldiers. Both desensitized
and unaware of the seriousness of what he’s found, the soldiers become
pawns in the child’s game. Ironically the child pretends to be a General
leading his troops to battle. Eventually and unaware, the child followed by
his “troops” find their way back to his home only to find it torched and
his mother killed outside of it. Finally the reader is made aware that the
More than a century later, Chickamauga is still the subject of deep
analysis. One such analysis was done by James Baltrum in “Bierce aboard the
Beagle: Darwinian Discourse and Chickamauga.” (2009) Baltrum claims that
“Chickamauga” is much more than “an allegorical progression from youthful
innocence to adult experience or a socially conscious antiwar narrative”
(227). It is a statement about both the good and bad effects of Darwin’s
theory of evolution (Bierce 227). While Bierce is a supporter of Darwinism
and thought of him highly he acknowl…