The Red Badge of Courage

Why did the Union troops in the field of battle begin running toward the reserves?

in chapter 4

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They ran towards the reserves in order to back them up into the swamp.

"They say we're catchin' it over on th' left. They say th' enemy driv' our line inteh a devil of a swamp an' took Hannises' batt'ry."


The Red Badge of Courage/ Chapter 4