A Horseman in the Sky

The Wandering Officer Character Analysis

A Union officer who has wandered away from camp and witnesses Druse’s father and his mount falling from a cliff side. Due to the angle of the sight and the officer’s precarious mental state, he believes that Druse’s father is a flying horseman and an apocalyptic symbol. The wandering officer briefly surmises that perhaps he has been chosen as some sort of prophet of the apocalypse, reinforcing the supernatural imagery used by Bierce to underscores the horrors of the Civil War.

The Wandering Officer Quotes in A Horseman in the Sky

The A Horseman in the Sky quotes below are all either spoken by The Wandering Officer or refer to The Wandering Officer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Duty, Morality, and Justice Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of A Horseman in the Sky published in 1994.
Part 3 Quotes

Filled with amazement and terror by this apparition of a horseman in the sky—half believing himself the chosen scribe of some new Apocalypse, the officer was overcome by the intensity of emotions; his legs failed him and he fell.

Related Characters: The Wandering Officer
Related Symbols: The Horseman
Page Number: 31
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The Wandering Officer Character Timeline in A Horseman in the Sky

The timeline below shows where the character The Wandering Officer appears in A Horseman in the Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3
The Horrors of the Civil War Theme Icon
A wandering officer walks away from the regiment up to the foot of a cliff and into a... (full context)
The Horrors of the Civil War Theme Icon
The wandering officer is both amazed and terrified. He firmly believes that it is a flying horseman and... (full context)
The Horrors of the Civil War Theme Icon
The wandering officer is so convinced that it was truly a flying horseman that he sets off in... (full context)