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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane is a dramatic story about a young boy named Henry Fleming and his experiences during and at the civil war When Henry first enlisted into the army he went through some pretty harsh times he saw many of his fellow comrades die As Henry moves forward in battle he matures and becomes a brave and courageous soldier The book starts out with a new regiment for the Union army waiting around for some fighting Jim Conklin a friend of Henry hears some rumors about their next movements He tells the other soldiers of the rumors telling them that theyre going to go around the enemy and attack them from behind Sure enough a few days later they start marching and they attack This is the first battle for the regiment so a few soldiers including Henry desert the regiment After Henry deserts he finds Jim and walks with him for a while before Jim dies Henry wonders around for a little while and gets in a fight with another lost soldier of the Union army who hits him across the head with the butt of his rifle causing Henry to bleed By night Henry with the help of another soldier finds his way back to his own regiment Luckily no one suspects Henry of deserting Henry lies about the head wound being from the battle During the night Henry is cared for by a friend named Wilson By morning Henry is well rested and fights with his regiment several battles that day Henry always stayed in the front and encouraged the other soldiers to fight harder showing much courage He was complimented by the Colonel but despite his victory he still feels guilty about deserting his regiment the day before This quote was essential to the book the men dropped here and there like
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