Whitman and the civil war

Floyd Stovall New York: He would often pack a knapsack with fruit, tobacco, paper, envelopes, and the like for individual distribution to the soldiers—materials chiefly paid for with money raised from relatives and friends.

At the time, ventilation was thought to inhibit concentrations of vaguely-defined "poisons" that were mistakenly thought to cause disease.

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Whitman, Memoranda, 57, 59, As medical historian George Adams has noted, "The septic sins of the time [were] responsible for this harvest of death and suffering. As noted earlier, the hospitals were often inundated with visitors and the ubiquitous Whitman was probably more hindrance than help at times, particularly if the nurses felt compelled to enforce the visiting hours against this insistent caller.

Small, Maynard, ; Vol. U of Pennsylvania P, ; Vol. Pavilions allowed for the segregation of patients by disease and for better ventilation. With a few notable exceptions, Whitman praised the work of individual surgeons and nurses he knew at the Armory Square Hospital, and many of them returned the compliment.

O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.

Pages of War: Walt Whitman and the Civil War

Whitman remained in New York during the first year and more, occasionally visiting a hospital for the sick and wounded, and following the conflict in the newspapers. Osgood, Passage to India J. Southern Illinois UP, ; Vol. As a hospital visitor, Whitman quickly found that he was of greatest service when he performed the smallest of tasks—writing a letter home, feeding a sweet tooth, passing the time by playing a game of "Twenty Questions.

During holidays, citizens sponsored festive dinners at each of the hospitals and competed with one another to provide the most abundant spread. Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union.

A Critical Biography of Walt Whitman. Loafing, sweating, gabbing, wrestling, singing, farming, fishing, healing, and copulating were some of their activities. Above all, he worked on his new collection of poetry, "Drum-Taps," which he regarded initially as a project independent of Leaves of Grass, even artistically superior to it.

One afternoon, Whitman distributed ice cream through all 18 wards of Carver Hospital.

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In mercy come quickly. Garland Publishing,reproduced by permission.A Civil War field hospital in Virginia | Wikimedia Commons One of the most powerful poems of his — in regards to war — is “The Wound-Dresser.” To me, it is his most personal and sobering poem in the “Leaves of Grass” collection, though the soldier in me admittedly has some bias there.

Reflecting on the Civil War inWalt Whitman concluded, "The real war will never get in the books." But Whitman did try to bring the real war into his poems.

An anti-slavery Democrat, who dressed the wounds of both Northern and Southern soldiers, Whitman wrote poems that describe the. Whitman often spoke of the importance of the Civil War to Leaves of Grass.

He told his disciple Horace Traubel that it was "the very centre, circumference, umbillicus, of [his] whole career" (With Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman was born on May 31,in West Hills, New York, the second son of Walter Whitman, a housebuilder, and Louisa Van Velsor.

The family, which consisted of nine children, lived in Brooklyn and Long Island in the s and s. At the age of twelve, Whitman began to learn the printer's trade, and fell in love with the written word.

Walt Whitman’s Family Connection to the Civil War During the s and s Whitman had been following politics in America closely. Working as a journalist in New York City, he no doubt followed the national debate over the greatest issue of the time, slavery.

Traveling with the Wounded: Walt Whitman and Washington's Civil War Hospitals Martin G. Murray The news dreaded by every family with a son in uniform came to the Whitmans of Brooklyn during the second year of the Civil War: George Washington Whitman was listed in the New York Herald among those wounded in the battle fought at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13,

Whitman and the civil war
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