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The cold left the ground and the fog lifted. On the hills, the Union army rested and waited. A river moved by the army's feet. In the day, the river looked yellow. At night, the river was black. Across the dark stream, one could see the red light of angry Confederate campfires on the far-off hills. This morning the men were moved by some xciting words. A tall soldier had gone down to the river to wash his shirt. While there, Jim made a discovery. He said the men were going to move into battle very soon. Some of the soldiers did not believe Jim. They talked loudly among themselves. A young private looked on. He listened with eager ears. When he became tired of their talk, he went back to his hut. There he lay quietly in his bunk, thinking. Henry had joined the army at an early age. His mind had made pictures of the battles and fighting men of the Civil War. He longed to see it all. The young man believed he could honor his family and friends by becoming a soldier. His mother hadn't liked the idea. She wanted her boy to stay at home and work on the farm. But one day, Henry had gone and written his name on the list of men who were going to fight.
Table of ContentsContents Introduction by Paul Sorrentino Note on the Text Chronology of Stephen Crane’s Life The Red Badge of Courage Selected Bibliography