“He had burned several times to enlist. Tales of great
movements shook the land. They might not be distinctly Homeric,
but there seemed to be much glory in them. He had read of marches,
sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all. His busy
mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color,
lurid with breathless deeds.” (Ch. 1, p. 16.)
Henry’s naïve view of war before he enlists.
2. “The youth had been taught that a man became another
thing in a battle. He saw his salvation in such a change.”
(Ch. 3, p. 37. )
on the eve of his first battle.
3. “As he gazed around him the youth felt a flash of astonishment
at the blue, pure sky and the sun gleaming on the trees and
fields. It was surprising that Nature had gone tranquilly on
with her golden process in the midst of so much devilment.”
(Ch.5, p. 50.)
after he has successfully come through his very first test in
4. “He wished
that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage.” (Ch.
9, p. 67.)
Henry as he accompanies
the procession of wounded men.
5. “A serious prophet upon predicting a flood should be
the first man to climb a tree.” (Ch. 11, p. 80. )
Henry justifies his
cowardice by imagining that his army was facing defeat anyway.
6. “He seemed no more to be continually regarding the
proportions of his personal prowess. He was not furious at small
words that pricked his conceits. He was no more a loud young
soldier. There was about him now a fine reliance. He showed
a quiet belief in his purposes and his abilities. And this inward
confidence evidently enabled him to be indifferent to little
words of other men aimed at him.” (Ch. 14, pp. 96-97.)
Henry observing the
change that has taken place in his friend Wilson.
7. “Within him, as he hurled himself forward, was born
a love, a despairing fondness for this flag which was near him.
It was a creation of beauty and invulnerability.” (Ch.
19, p. 123.)
just before he takes charge of the Union flag in battle.
8. “They gazed about them with looks of uplifted pride,
feeling new trust in the grim, always confident weapons in their
hands. And they were men.” (Ch. 20, p. 129. )
reacts after they have beaten the enemy, against the odds.
9. “It was a blind and despairing rush by the collection
of men in dusty and tattered blue, over a green sward and under
a sapphire sky, toward a fence, dimly outlined in smoke, from
behind which spluttered the fierce rifles of enemies.”
(Ch. 23, p. 141.)
The final charge
of the Union men.
10. “He turned now with a lover’s thirst to images
of tranquil skies, fresh meadows, cool brooks,—an existence
of soft and eternal peace.” (Ch. 24, p. 149.)
as he marches with his regiment away from the scene of battle.