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The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce

Volume II

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Author: Ambrose Bierce
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 77,218 / 226 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,110
Added to site: 2004.11.13 9023

In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

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e in the position known as "support," that is to say, vertical in front of the left shoulder, the hammer resting on the forearm thrown straight across the chest--a formal and unnatural position, enforcing an erect carriage of the body. It did not appear to be the duty of these two men to know what was occurring at the centre of the bridge; they merely blockaded the two ends of the foot planking that traversed it.

Beyond one of the sentinels nobody was in sight; the railroad ran straight away into a forest for a hundred yards, then, curving, was lost to view. Doubtless there was an outpost farther along. The other bank of the stream was open ground--a gentle acclivity topped with a stockade of vertical tree trunks, loop-holed for rifles, with a single embrasure through which protruded the muzzle of a brass cannon commanding the bridge. Mid-way of the slope between bridge and fort were the spectators--a single company of infantry in line, at "parade rest," the butts of the rifles on the ground, the barre



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