Walt Whitman spent much of his time with wounded soldiers, both in the field and in the hospitals. The 40 notebooks he filled became the basis for this extraordinary diary of a medic in the Civil War.
In 1862, Whitman traveled from Brooklyn, NY, to Virginia to look for his battle-wounded brother George. The trip offered him a front-row seat to the horrors of the Civil War. He spoke to many soldiers and others involved and put together this volume, which he published privately in 1876 in an edition of 100 copies. Some of the material later was worked into newspaper articles and other books, but this volume, reedited by scholar Peter Coviello, includes it all. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.