Cowardice and Duty Collide in the Showing of “The Red Badge of Courage” at Surratt House Museum August 11
By Annamarya Scaccia
Few understand the perils of war better than the soldiers in the thick of it.
For Henry Fleming, the protagonist in Stephen Crane’s 1895 war novel, The Red Badge of Courage, the American Civil War was overwhelming. In the iconic book, the young Union Army private flees from battlefield and abandons his regiment out of terrorizing fear. The book follows Fleming as he wanders the landscape, experiencing the causalities and persistence of war as he shoulders the heavy burden of shame, and his eventual return to his regiment and the battle. In the end, he reflects on his actions, resigning to a sense of peace.
Civil War buffs with a penchant for film have the chance to watch Fleming’s story unfold on the silver screen when Surratt House Museum plays the 1951 movie adaption of the book on Saturday, August 11. The film, which was directed by John Huston and starring Audie Murphy as Fleming, will be shown at 6 p.m. at the museum, 9118 Brandywine Road in Clinton, and is free to attend.
For more information, visit www.surratt.org.
Hollywood and the Civil War: “The Red Badge of Courage”
Saturday, August 11
Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735
Photo: Still from 1951’s “The Red Badge of Courage”