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Colour is integral to this chapter. Colour represents the war, violence and the South vs the North. Grey and blue collide with all the colours of war around them. Colour personifies many of the themes Crane has been addressing. Check out these quotes from Ch. 23
"The youth kept the bright colors to the front. He was waving his free arm in furious circle..".
"The blue whirl of men got very near..."
"They in blue showed their teeth; their eyes shone all white"