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Summary A boy sets out into the woods with a wooden sword, combating imaginary enemies. His father is a poor farmer who had once been a soldier. He is frightened by a rabbit and becomes disoriented. Lost, tired, and sobbing for his mother, the boy lays down between two rocks and goes to sleep. Meanwhile, the men at the plantation search for the boy, as his mother worries. The boy wakes at twilight and sees an eerie fog over the brook, but does not go back across it.

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Unbeknownst to him, his mother has called a search party to find the missing boy and is frantic over the whereabouts of her young son. When the boy wakes up, he sees unidentifiable figures approaching him and comes to see that they are a multitude of horrifically mutilated soldiers, all of whom are crawling on their knees across the ground.

The child is entertained by the sight because it reminds him of the circus, allowing him to interpret the scene as a humorous spectacle of sorts. Inspired by this memory, the child mounts the back of one of the crawling soldiers, who swiftly flings the boy off of his back. The child watches as the soldiers gather around the creek, which turns red from the excessive amounts of blood pouring from the soldiers.

The child realizes that the battle took place all around him in the woods while he was sleeping, and the reader learns that the soldiers had nearly trampled the boy as they formed and re-formed their combat lines during the battle. Finally, the child sees a canopy of smoke arise from the belt of the woods and recognizes that a fire is blazing. He even attempts to elevate the spectacle by adding more fuel to the fire but is unable to because the fuel is too heavy for him to carry. The boy then recognizes some of the outbuildings burning on the property and realizes that it is his own home that is burning down.

Realizing that the soldiers had attacked his plantation, the child attempts to scream but cannot, making only strange and indescribable sounds. The child is revealed to be a deaf mute, and the story ends with him silently observing the destruction.

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The boy, the offspring of a poor farmer who was once in the army, runs through the woods, braving various obstacles. However, when a rabbit crosses his way, the child becomes immensely scared and panics at the view of the small rodent. Disoriented and exhausted, he goes to sleep in the middle of the woods, only to wake up hours later, at twilight. As soon as he wakes up, the child perceives movement in the distance. Initially believing the creature to be a bear, he then understands that these are in fact an army of men. The bloody, wounded and half-dead group crawls like a pack of injured animals, some of the warriors dropping dead along the way.

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He participated in the operations in Western Virginia , was present at the Battle of Philippi the first organized land action of the war and received newspaper attention for his daring rescue, under fire, of a gravely wounded comrade at the Battle of Rich Mountain. Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh April , a terrifying experience that became a source for several short stories and the memoir "What I Saw of Shiloh". In April he was commissioned a first lieutenant , and served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer , making maps of likely battlefields. Thomas and Oliver O. Howard , both of whom supported his application for admission to West Point in May

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Unbeknownst to him, his mother has called a search party to find the missing boy and is frantic over the whereabouts of her young son. When the boy wakes up, he sees unidentifiable figures approaching him and comes to see that they are a multitude of horrifically mutilated soldiers, all of whom are crawling on their knees across the ground. The child is entertained by the sight because it reminds him of the circus, allowing him to interpret the scene as a humorous spectacle of sorts. Inspired by this memory, the child mounts the back of one of the crawling soldiers, who swiftly flings the boy off of his back. The child watches as the soldiers gather around the creek, which turns red from the excessive amounts of blood pouring from the soldiers. The child realizes that the battle took place all around him in the woods while he was sleeping, and the reader learns that the soldiers had nearly trampled the boy as they formed and re-formed their combat lines during the battle. Finally, the child sees a canopy of smoke arise from the belt of the woods and recognizes that a fire is blazing.

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