Remarkable Ohio


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15-53 Birthplace of Ambrose Bierce

Side A: 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.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: Eastern Local High School, 38900 OH 7, 
Location: In front of the school building
Latitude: 39.1224410
Longitude: -81.8831230