Walt Whitman and
the Civil War
Walt Whitman made dozens of small notebooks from
paper and ribbon to carry with him as he visited wounded Civil
War soldiers in Washington area hospitals between 1863 and 1865.
In them he comments on the food provided at the Armory Hospital.
Other notebooks describe the horrors of war. As a volunteer delegate
under the Christian Commission, he consoled the sick and dying
and often wrote letters to their families. Personal papers form
the core of the Library's unsurpassed Whitman collection, augmented
by first editions and proofs of his work, Whitman's personal library,
pictorial materials, and selected personal effects.