In the spring of 1863, as he faces battle for the first time at Chancellorsville, Virginia, Henry Fleming, a private in the Union Army, runs away from the field of war. Afterwards, the shame he feels at this act of cowardice ignites his desire to receive an injury in combat—a “red badge of courage” that will redeem him. The Red Badge of Courage tells his journey to manhood and finding peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war. Stephen Crane’s classic novel about a young soldier’s experiences during the American Civil War is well known for its understated naturalism and its realistic depiction of battle. Download and start listening now!