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Henry finally gains control of the flag from his friend, Wilson. Something curious happens to him after this. He gains a sense of strength and pride while all of the troops begin to falter. Henry has found his inner courage. His impulse is to no longer run away but proceed into the enemy. The change in Henry is noticeable especially when we consider his actions and attitude during his first battle. Although Crane continues to call Henry "the youth" the reader gets the sense that he has grown up.