Walter Zimmerman’s somber yet expressive voice complements “A Horseman in the Sky”, a short story by Ambrose Bierce that is set during the American Civil War. Protagonist Carter Druse, an only child born to wealthy parents in Western Virginia, joins a Union regiment against his father’s wishes. One afternoon, he falls asleep at his post in a clump of laurel and wakes to see an enemy solider sitting upon a horse. For a moment, Druse is unable to fire, but quickly finds the courage to submit to duty. This tale makes clear the devastating impact of the war upon families.