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Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. : the Civil War and America's great poet

Author: Garrett Peck
Publisher: Charleston, SC : History Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Walt Whitman was already famous for Leaves of Grass when he journeyed to the nation's capital at the height of the Civil War to find his brother George, a Union officer wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whitman eventually served as a volunteer "hospital missionary," making more than six hundred hospital visits and serving over eighty thousand sick and wounded soldiers in the next three years. With the 1865  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Garrett Peck
ISBN: 9781626199736 1626199736
OCLC Number: 899229789
Description: 190 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Walt Whitman, an American --
The city of army wagons --
The wound-dresser --
Nurses, stewards & surgeons --
The first disciples --
Hospital malaria --
Of a youth who loves me --
O captain! My captain! --
Drum-taps --
Pleasantly disappointed --
Democratic vistas --
The good gray poet.
Responsibility: Garrett Peck ; foreword by Martin G. Murray, founder of the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman.

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Walt Whitman was already famous for Leaves of Grass when he journeyed to the nation's capital at the height of the Civil War to find his brother George, a Union officer wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whitman eventually served as a volunteer "hospital missionary," making more than six hundred hospital visits and serving over eighty thousand sick and wounded soldiers in the next three years. With the 1865 publication of Drum-Taps, Whitman became poet laureate of the Civil War, aligning his legacy with that of Abraham Lincoln. He remained in Washington until 1873 as a federal clerk, engaging in a dazzling literary circle and fostering his longest romantic relationship, with Peter Doyle. Author Garrett Peck details the definitive account of Walt Whitman's decade in the nation's capital.

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