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Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. : : The Civil War and America's Great Poet
by Garrett Peck and Martin G. Murray


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9781626199736
  • ISBN-10: 1626199736
  • Publisher: History Press (SC)
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 192


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Books > History > United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Books > Literary Criticism > Poetry
Books > History > United States - Civil War

 
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