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A Horseman In the Sky

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First published in the San Francisco Examiner in 1889, Ambrose Bierce’s A Horseman In the Sky”, uses suspense and dreamlike imagery to help describe an unusual wartime episode. Set during the Civil War, a lookout in the Union army sees a mounted confederate spy across the river. Realizing the spy is his own father, the soldier faces a terrible ethical dilemma.

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