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Ambrose Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The Story

Alan Maitland, as Front Porch Al, reads the story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce.  It is a tale of the U.S. Civil War, and when we meet Peyton Farquhar, a civilian citizen of the Confederacy, he is about to meet his fate at the hands of Union soldiers.

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Sept. 21, 1990
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 21:50

Did You know?

• Ambrose Bierce was born June 24, 1842, in Ohio. He went to Mexico in 1913, and it is not known what exactly became of him.  He is presumed to have died in January, 1914, during a battle in the revolution led by Pancho Villa.


• Bierce himself fought for the Union during the Civil War.  He enlisted in 1861, was wounded in battle in 1864, and was eventually promoted to major in 1867. 


• Bierce worked as a columnist and editor at several publications, in England and in the U.S., and published several books, including In the Midst of Life, in 1892.  It contained An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, among other stories.



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