Illustration of Henry Fleming in a soldier's uniform in front of a confederate flag and an American flag

The Red Badge of Courage

by Stephen Crane
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In Chapter One of Stephen Crane's Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, we are told that Henry dwells in a Federal camp that is situated near a river, whose roads are filled with mud, and where enemy campfires can be seen with "distant hills" serving as a background. They were housed in "squat brown huts" where smoke drifted from fireplaces with "quaint chimneys." A folded tent served as a roof for Henry's hut, and the men used cracker boxes as furniture. They hung their equipment on the walls, and some of the soldiers constructed wooden floors within. Little else is mentioned about the actual description of the encampment.

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