The Red Badge of Courage

In the red badge of courage in chapter one what is the animal metaphor?

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There are not many animal metaphors in Ch. 1. Most of them come later in the book during battle. Still, I found the veterans call a new recruit "fresh fish" which happens to be a euphemism and alliteration too! "They persistently yelled "Fresh fish!" at him, and were in no wise to be trusted."