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The Red Badge of Courage (1951) Poster

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Anachronisms 

All the soldiers in Audie's infantry outfit have crossed rifles on their forage hats. The crossed rifle insignia was not adopted by the US army until the year 1876, before this it was a hunter's horn.
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Anachronisms 

The drilling and action center around one platoon. While the platoon did exist in Civil War regiments (as half of a company), in practice it was rarely used. Units quickly lost enough personnel due to illness (if not combat) that companies were the smallest practical unit.
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Beginning at 14:28, several Union soldiers wading across the waist-deep river and later climbing out of the river are carrying the U.S. Rifle Model 1903, also known as the Springfield Model 1903. Note especially the soldier who climbs out of the river holding his rifle above his head. The Model 1903 is a bolt-action, magazine-fed rifle that was adopted by the US Army in 1903 and used in World Wars I and II, but not the American Civil War which was fought from 1861-1865.
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Character error 

There was no 304th infantry regiment in the Civil War. No state assigned a regimental number over the mid-100s.
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Factual errors 

The enlisted soldiers in the film are shown wearing the rectangular Model 1851 belt plate instead of the brass oval "US" belt plate worn by enlisted soldiers.
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None of the soldiers is wearing the proper cartridge box which would have been slung over the shoulder and which had a round "Eagle" breastplate.
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The flags carried by the regiment are incorrectly shown as rectangular. Both national and regimental flags carried by Union infantry in the Civil War were square.
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