Stephen Crane was a New Jersey-based writer who began his career as a freelance journalist in New York City and wrote his first novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, in 1893. His second novel, The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War earned him fame and professional success as a war correspondent. “The Veteran” tells the story of Mr. Fleming, a war veteran who fulfilled his honor during and after his war days. Crane’s short story inspires dialogue about war, veterans, courage, patriotism, and senses of duty.
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Published in The Red Badge of Courage and The Veteran (2000)