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: 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.
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.