Where did most of the action in The Red Badge of Courage take place?I have been looking for additional information in the web about the novel. Crane never mentioned the name of the battle, but it...

Where did most of the action in The Red Badge of Courage take place?

I have been looking for additional information in the web about the novel. Crane never mentioned the name of the battle, but it is supposed to be during the Civil War. He mentioned the Rappahannock river near Richmond and may be the battle was Chancellorsville. I am very confused and I am not sure if it is right to answer that most of the action in the book took place in the battlefield. I also need help describing the place.

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Most critics agree that the setting of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage is in Virginia, and the battle that is mentioned with the question:  The Battle of Chancellorsville, a major battle of the Civil War which took place from April 30 to May 6 in 1863.  This battle pitted the Union Army against a Confederate army half its size, a battle that came to be known as Lee's "perfect battle" because of its risky but successful division of his army in the presence of such a puissant force.

The Chancellorsville campaign began with the crossing of the Rappahannock River by the Union Army on the morning of April 27, 1863.  Heavy fighting began on May 1 and did not end until the Union forces retreated across the river on the nights of May 5-6.

Crane's descriptions of the bush and thicket is suggestive of the wilderness a few miles west of Fredericksburg, Virginia and the battle on May 1, 1963, in which Hooker ordered an advance to strike Anderson. a battle seen by many Union commanders as a key to victory.  Perhaps, this is the victorious battle in which Henry Fleming and his friend Wilson lead the 304th regiment so valorously.

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