Walt Whitman Civil War Letter

First Featured In:

Chicago, Hour 2


Chicago, IL (2014)


Books & Manuscripts

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Value (Retail):

$8,000 to $12,000


Ken Gloss

About the find

During ROADSHOW’s 2014 event in Chicago, appraiser Ken Gloss came across a Civil-War-era letter penned by Walt Whitman on behalf of a sounded soldier — a rare piece of literary history that was owned by a guest named Abbie. After Gloss’s appraisal aired, Ken Price, the co-director of the Walt Whitman archive, struck up a pen-pal friendship with Abbie to learn more about her letter. This past summer, ROADSHOW helped Abbie and Ken Price meet face-to-face for the first time and discuss their own personal histories with the iconic American author and Abbie’s evocative letter.

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