The Red Badge of Courage

In chapt. 5, what are the seven hundred bonnets being compared to?

in chapt. 5

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That would be the gun cartridges,

"There was rustling and muttering among the men. They displayed a feverish desire to have every possible cartridge ready to their hands. The boxes were pulled around into various positions, and adjusted with great care. It was as if seven hundred new bonnets were being tried on."