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Did you know that poet Walt Whitman was also a Civil War nurse? Devastated by his country dividing and compelled to service by his brother's war injury, Walt nursed all soldiers-Union & Confederate, black & white. By getting to know them through many intense and affecting experiences, he began to see a greater life purpose: His writing could give these men a voice, & in turn, achieve his greatest aspiration--to capture the true spirit of America. Dramatic, powerful, & deeply moving, this consummate portrait of Whitman will inspire readers to pick up their pens & open their hearts to humanity.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 Juvenile literature, United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Medical care Juvenile literature, Poets, American 19th century Biography Juvenile literature, Nurses United States Biography Juvenile literature, Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892, United States History Civil War, 1861-1865, Poets, American, Nurses