The Red Badge of Courage

What becomes the youth's goal as he nears the enemy's side?

In chapters 19-24

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Henry's goal is to give no ground and die if necessary to do so. He has resolved not to budge from his place. It is clear to him that his final revenge will be his dead body upon the field. The regiment bleeds profusely. Men are falling rapidly. Henry goes rearward. In the fray, he can make out his friend through the confusion. The regiment's fire is beginning to fade.