In Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage Henry entered the military as a young boy ready to prove his manhood. However, once in the military it seemed like all they did was move from one place to another. He could not figure out what good they were doing just moving around. Every time they would hear that they were about to go to fight, it would turn out to be a rumor. Henry and his group began to feel like the war would be over before they would ever see any action. It was becoming frustrating waiting all the time for something to happen and then it not occurring.
He believed that after such a bloody and terrible war, no one would dare fight again, in fear of starting a nother war