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Walt Whitman

Civilian
1819-1892
New York
Poet

Later regarded as one of America's finest poets, Walt Whitman had already published his famous Leaves of Grass when he visited his wounded brother at Fredericksburg. Shocked at the carnage of the battlefield scene, Whitman decided to spend the war years visiting other wounded soldiers in Union field hospitals, and even though untrained, worked as a volunteer male nurse.















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