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By Robert Roper
After reading that his brother was injured in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Walt Whitman headed south to find him, or his grave. George Whitman, it turned out, had only been superficially wounded—over the course of the Civil War, he would manage to dodge death on numerous occasions. For Walt, though, who soon volunteered as a Union nurse in Washington, the war brought its own horrors. In our Winter 2009 issue, Robert Roper analyzes how the time Walt spent tending to the injured and dying also halted his outpouring of great poetry.
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