Henry Fleming - A naive, young farm boy from New York state whose dreams of glorious battle lead him to sign up in the Union Army against his mother's wishes.
Cheery Soldier - Henry's unidentified, strangely lighthearted guide back to his regiment.
Jim Conklin - The tall soldier, as he is described by Crane, is more realistic about war than Henry.
Ma Fleming - Henry's mother who offers homespun advice to her boy as he goes to war.
Lt. Hasbrouck - He is depicted as an ideal military man encouraging his soldiers to behave correctly in battle and praising them for their bravery.
Jimmie Rogers - Soldier shot through the body screaming for help but unheard over the noise of battle.
Officers - Men in this novel who are viewed as arrogant and insensitive.
Tall Soldier - A common description of Jim Conklin who later takes a mortal wound in...
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