The Red Badge of Courage

what where the "red eyes" from across the river in the red badge of courage

chapter two

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Although Crane does not necessarily ever say explicitly what the "red eyes" are, he does equate fire with the color red later on in the chapter. Therefore I think it is safe to assume that the "red eyes" from across the river are the enemy campfires.

"From across the river the red eyes were still peering."