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Birthplace of Ambrose Bierce
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An influential American journalist of the late nineteenth century, Ambrose Bierce (1842 - c. 1914) was born in Meigs County and reared in Kosciusko County, Indiana. He fought in the Union Army during the Civil War, a formative experience related in his short stories "Chickamauga" and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Moving to San Francisco in the years after the war, he began his career as a writer and newspaper columnist. His cynical wit and elaborate puns reached a wide audience during the last quarter of the nineteenth century through such papers as William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. Bierce's best-known book, the Devil's Dictionary (1911), is a lexicon of humorous definitions first published in his newspaper columns. In December 1913 or January 1914, Bierce vanished during travels in rebellion-torn Mexico.
38900 State Route 7
Reedsville, OH 45772
Eastern Local School District, 38900 St. Rt. 7
Latitude: 39.123849, Longitude: -81.881730.
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