The two most famous writers to figure in this section are Ambrose Bierce, who actually saw battle, and Stephen Crane. Bierce’s sketches convey the confusion of battle with circumstantial detail which is deployed against glamourizing war. In Crane’s famous Red Badge of Courage the target is once again naïve heroism, here replaced with impressionistic confusion. The section concludes with Stephen C. Kenny’s ‘The Aftermath’, which surveys accounts of the war’s destruction and human cost.
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