The Euthanasia of Ambrose Bierce | The History Bandits

Ambrose Bierce, if we take him at his word, was unfazed by death. As a young Union soldier in the Civil War, he escaped it many times, seeing action at Shiloh, Chickamauga, and Kennesaw Mountain, where he received an almost fatal head wound. After the war, he built a career as a writer and journalist, using the horrors he…

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The Battle of Juárez: A bloody siege just south of the border

Rebels in front of an adobe house riddled with bullet holes in Ciudad Juárez. IMAGE: BAIN NEWS SERVICE/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

In 1911, the dictatorial rule of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz had fomented a committed rebellion led by Francisco Madero.

Along with generals Pascual Orozco and Pancho Villa, Madero resolved to attack the federal forces stationed in Ciudad Juárez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. They believed a victory there could be the final push needed to topple the Diaz regime.

The 2,500 rebels outnumbered the 700 federal troops commanded by General Juan Navarro, but the federales had the advantage of…

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