Ambrose Bierce is a wordsmith who paints with a marvelous portrait with words. This short story with its surprise ending draws you in like a month to the flame. The story itself is entertaining, but with a surprise ending one is drawn to rethinking the story, and re-reading again. The American Civil War where brother fought brother father fought son is well represented in this story. After the Civil War Pierce became a journalist in San Francisco, and was a prolific producer of short stories. Were he alive today, he would no doubt be diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder.
A short story dealing with duty, honor and family feelings during the American Civil War. The writer and the narrator keep the pathos of the dilemma that aflicts the protagonist and that leads to an amazing end