Henry Fleming specifically establishes himself as something else besides an anonymous member of his fighting unit when he first comes under fire in Stephen Crane's Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. As the time of the Confederate attack neared, Henry's unit prepared for their first action of the war. Henry was nervous and could not remember if he had loaded his rifle or not. He was sweating like a "weeping urchin," and his mouth was open. As the menacing foe appeared before him, he fired a wild shot and reloaded. It was then that
He suddenly lost concern for himself, and forgot to look at a menacing fate. He became not a man but a member. He felt that something of which he was a part—a regiment, an army, a cause, or a country—was in a crisis. He was welded into a common personality which was dominated by a single desire.