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I Respectfully Decline the Appointment

Roy Morris, Jr.

in Ambrose Bierce

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195126280
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126280.003.0005
I Respectfully Decline the Appointment

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During the time Bierce was away from the front recovering from the wound he obtained, much changed. Most remarkable was the capture of Atlanta by William Tecumseh Sherman. On the other hand, the Confederates, under a new commander, John Bell Hood, had finally come out from behind their breastworks and attached the Union army. William B. Hazen, an old commander and friend of Bierce, was set to accompany Sherman on his march. The Other Lodgers was a short story giving a brief clue on the state of mind of Bierce after his return to the front. It is actually not much of a story but its outward circumstances reveal a young man who is not yet at ease with his own survival.

Keywords: William B. Hazen; William Tecumseh Sherman; Other Lodgers; John Bell Hood; Confederates

Chapter.  8936 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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