* The background of the novel is the American Civil War as depicted through the eyes of a Union recruit.
* At camp, there is an illustration of how rumor runs through a bored regiment.
* Henry's youthful idealism before joining the army is typical of the inexperienced.
* Henry's enlistment is done over the objections of his mother.
* Henry enjoys the initial glory of wearing the blue uniform when he stops by his school
* Adoration continues from the public as the regiment makes its way to Washington.
* When faced with the reality of going into battle, panic and fear set in.
* The image of cowardice and running from battle looms large in Henry's mind.
* There are psychological effects on the realization of unfounded rumors among the soldiers.
* Henry defines his real test as only coming in blood, blaze, and danger.
* Henry imagines his comrades as either heroes...
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