Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1913?) is probably best remembered for his witty and irreverent The Devil’s Dictionary, but he was also a wonderful short story writer. His “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is an excellent example of his work. There is a question mark after the date of his death because we are not sure when he died. We know that the 71 year old Bierce went to Mexico to join Pancho Villa’s rebel forces as an observer, and we know that he wrote to a friend on December 26, 1813 saying, “As to me, tomorrow I leave here for an unknown destination.” That destination and his fate are still unknown.
On my Readings I’ve Enjoyed page, you will find Bierce’s 1890 short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”