Title: Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.
Author: Garrett Peck
Publisher: History Press
Publish Date: March 23, 2015
Source: I received a copy from the publisher.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
Whitman in Washington, D.C." is a nonfiction history of all of the time
that the poet Walt Whitman spent in Washington, D.C. I was interested
in reading this book because of the larger-than-life personality of
Whitman and also the local connection. Living in this area, I love
reading some of the lesser known stories of things that have happened in
this area. This is a well put together history that will be enjoyed by
my fellow history lovers.
I didn't realize how much time Walt
Whitman had spent in the city. Many of his years spent here were spent
caring for soldiers during the Civil War. He was truly passionate about
the need to take care of soldiers as they were fighting the war. The
Civil War greatly affected Washington, D.C. as it was the site for field
hospitals and many activities to cater to soldiers. I really thought
the author did a good job of adding a lot of historical detail in order
to pull readers in.
Not much has been written about Whitman and
Washington, D.C. so this book was very eye-opening to me. It's obvious
how much research the author must've done in order to write this book. I
would really like to read more by this author in the future! Overall,
this was a great look at a sliver of history.