THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE Chapters 1, 3, 6-9, 13-15 NOTES NOTES WILL ASSIST YOU IN MAKING THE BOARD GAME
It never states what battle, nor does it ever say that it is The Civil War. • Most literary scholars do believe it is an unnamed battle of the U.S. Civil War.
Chapter 1 Continued • Henry Fleming (also known as “the youth”) has been marching and camping with his regiment of Union (Northern Army) soldiers for weeks. • They have been bored and on edge waiting for the call to battle The Confederacy. • Jim, a tall soldier, stirs up a rumor that they will soon be fighting. • This is the eighth time in the last two weeks they have heard that rumor. • The rumor turns out to once again be fallacious.
Chapter 1 Continued • Henry enlisted in the war. He had daydreamed of being a hero. • His mother tells him to not be a fool. She gives him a bundle of shirts and socks, as well as a jar of his favorite blackberry jam. She tells him to be a good boy. • The youth hears heroic tales as well as stories of starvation and fear. He worries he will run when he sees his first battle.
Chapter 3 • They continue to march and camp and then march and camp. • He sees dead soldiers as marches. • He questions the commanders and generals, wondering if they are stupid. • The youth thinks it might be best to die in his first battle.
Chapter 3 Continued • The chapter ends as skirmishes of a battle begin to reach the ears and eyes of the youth. • A loud soldier places a hand on Henry’s shoulder. He solemnly states, “It’s my first and last battle…” • He hands Henry a packet done up in a yellow envelope. He tells Henry to deliver it to his family. The loud soldier then wanders off giving Henry a final tomblike glance. WE WILL READ CHAPTERS 4 and 5 IN CLASS
Chapter 6 • They initially repel the Confederacy attack. • They rejoice and take a break. • The rebels attacked again. • In a panic, Henry runs for his life.
Chapter 7 • Henry realizes that the Union has won again. • He feels guilty and shamefaced as a criminal. • He starts to walk back to the battle site. • He sees injured and dead soldiers.
Chapter 8 • When questioned by fellow Northern soldiers, Henry lies about being in the battle. • He falls into the rank and file of marching soldiers, many of them are wounded.
Chapter 9 • Henry finds some of his group. • Jim, the tall soldier, has been badly wounded. WE WILL READ CHAPTER 9-12 IN CLASS
Ch. 13 • Henry is greeted by the loud (Wilson) soldier. • The loud soldier was happy to find Henry was still alive. • Henry lies and says he was shot in the head. • The loud soldier takes care of Henry. • He places a damp bandage over the wound. • Henry is given a thin rubber mat and blanket. He sleeps.
Ch. 14 • Henry wakes and the loud soldier give him breakfast (meat cooked on a stick). • Loud soldier thinks the North will win. He ask Henry if he thinks they will win. • Henry says he thought the South was winning. • Henry remembers and says Jim Conklin (the tall soldier) is dead. • Some of the Northern soldiers almost get into a fight with each other. • Henry learns they lost half the regiment during the battles, but during the night most returned (like Henry did).
Ch. 15 • The regiment is awake and preparing. • Henry is worried people will ask him about what happened. • He fears they will learn the truth that he had run. • Henry is most worried about Wilson (loud soldier) questioning him. • Henry remembers that he has the packet that Wilson had given him. • Henry decides to keep the packet (it will be protection from Wilson’s questions) • Wilson does not really question Henry, but he does ask for the packet. • Henry gives it to him.
Ch. 16 • Henry’s regiment march to the edge of the battle. • They get in damp trenches and hide behind tree stumps. • Henry questions the generals’ wit and worries they are fools. • Cannon fire begins to fly about.