What an interesting tale! The descriptions of war are so realistic that one feels as if one were striding beside the youth, Henry, as he is baptized in battle. In his first experience he finds himself joining those who run from the conflict just to survive. He feels deep shame at his cowardice in this action and thinks deeply about it. The walking dead that he meets and sees in his mind haunt him. Perhaps it is his encounters with death and the wounded that help him face his action and return to his regiment. Or, perhaps it is the blow upon his head that a crazed and wounded man inflicts that brings him to his senses or gives him a bloody badge that he can say was caused by a bullet. Whatever it is Henry discovers the bond of wartime friendship, the thrill of the battle, and the wonder of defending his regiment. The horror of war is illustrated clearly and distinctly by Crane. It's a very good read.
A great look into the internal conflicts of Civil War recruits....a classic dialogue of courage and death...
A classic must read for every young boy.
This was a good book. In a eaiser version for younger children.
There's a reason this book is a classic: it vividly brings to life an incredibly important event in American history. For this first time in history (it was published in 1895), an author portrayed war in a decidedly unromantic way. War is hell.