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Memoranda During the War: Civil War Journals, 1863-1865 Walt Whitman

Memoranda During the War: Civil War Journals, 1863-1865

Walt Whitman

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ISBN : 9780486476414
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112 pages
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These reflections by one of Americas greatest poets on the nations most momentous struggle began when Walt Whitman discoveredhis brothers name in a newspaper list of Union Army casualties. The poet hurried from his Brooklyn home to a VirginiaMoreThese reflections by one of Americas greatest poets on the nations most momentous struggle began when Walt Whitman discovered his brothers name in a newspaper list of Union Army casualties. The poet hurried from his Brooklyn home to a Virginia battlefront, where he found his brother, wounded but recovering. Profoundly moved by his experiences in the army hospital, Whitman settled in Washington, D.C., for the rest of the war. There he served as a military hospital volunteer, offering medical and spiritual comfort to sick and dying soldiers. His journal entries express in simple, heartfelt terms his Civil War experiences.First published in book form in 1875, Whitmans Memoranda recounts soldiers anecdotes of recent battles and army life as well as their last words and final messages to faraway friends and family. Whitman recorded his impressions of Abraham Lincoln, whom he frequently encountered on the city streets, and his thoughts on the conflicts day-to-day and historical significance. His evocative, poetic reflections offer a unique portrait of Civil War life.