In honor of the “I Sing the Body Electric: Walt Whitman and the Body” exhibit (drawn from our extensive Whitman collection) on display until October 28th in the Biddle Rare Book Room, I will be writing several blog posts about Walt Whitman and his life.
One of the cases in the exhibit is about Whitman’s experiences during the Civil War because it greatly influenced how he thought about and wrote about the body. You can see this in his writing, particularly in Drum Taps, Specimen Days, and Memoranda during the War (selections from his journal entries)
Here are several resources related to Whitman and the Civil War, if you want to learn more:
The Better Angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War by Roy Morris, Jr.
Walt Whitman’s Civil War, Compiled & edited from published & unpublished sources by Walter Lowenfels, with the assistance of Nan Braymer
Walt Whitman and the Civil War; a Collection of Original Articles and Manuscripts edited by Charles I. Glicksberg