Walt Whitman Letters for the years 1862 thru 1864

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman wrote 59 Letters from a total of 2 locations including Washington, MD. Walt Whitman wrote a total of 4 people including Louisa Whitman, and Jeff Whitman. Most of Walt Whitman's letters were written in the year 1863. Several other letters were written in 1864 and 1862. Who did Walt Whitman know? View Walt Whitman's social graph.

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    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 29 December 1862

      I succeeded in reaching the camp of the 51st New York, and found George alive and well.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Martha Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 2 January 1863

      I have spent a week in camp, down there opposite Fredericksburg, and seen what well men, and sick men, and mangled men endure

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 6 February 1863

      Jeff's enclosure of $10 through Mr. Lane, from the young engineers for the soldiers in hospitals, the most needy cases, came safe of course I shall acknowledge it to Mr. Lane tomorrow.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 9 February 1863

      One reason they have to move from the Rappahannock, up there, is that wood is all gone for miles, forage is scarce to get, and I don't know as there is any need of their staying there, for any purpose.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Jeff Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 13 February 1863

      The letter of introduction to Mr. Webster, chief clerk, State department, will be very acceptable. If convenient, I should like Mr. Lane to send it on immediately.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 31 March 1863

      Mother, it is quite a snow-storm here this morning the ground is an inch and a half deep with snow and it is snowing and drizzling but I feel very independent in my stout army-boots

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 15 April 1863

      There is much said about their closing up the regimental companies that is, where there are ten companies of 40 men each, closing them up to five companies, of 80 men each.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 28 April 1863

      Jeff asks me if I go to hospitals as much as ever. If my letters home don't show it, you don't get em.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 5 May 1863

      The condition of things here in the hospitals is getting pretty bad the wounded from the battles around Fredericksburg are coming up in large numbers.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 13 May 1863

      I am late with my letter this week my poor, poor boys occupy my time very much I go every day, and sometimes nights.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 19 May 1863

      I have a very nice old black aunty for a washwoman, but she bears down pretty hard, I guess, when she irons them, and they showed something like the poor old city of Fredericksburg does, since Burnside bombarded it.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 26 May 1863

      We had some very hot weather here I don't know what I should have done without the thin grey coat you sent you don't know how good it does, and looks too

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 3 June 1863

      Well, mother, I suppose you folks think we are in a somewhat dubious position here in Washington, with Lee in strong force almost between us and you Northerners.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 9 June 1863

      It looks from some accounts as though the 9th Army Corps might be going down into East Tennessee (Cumberland Gap, or perhaps bound for Knoxville).

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 22 June 1863

      Well, mother, we are generally anticipating a lively time here, or in the neighborhood, as it is probable Lee is feeling about to strike a blow on Washington, or perhaps right into it

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 10 July 1863

      The wounded are doing rather badly ; I am sorry to say there are frequent deaths the weather, I suppose, which has been peculiarly bad for wounds, so wet and warm (though not disagreeable outdoors).

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 15 July 1863

      So the mob has risen at last in New York I have been expecting it, but as the day for the draft had arrived and everything was so quiet, I supposed all might go on smoothly ; but it seems the passions of the people were only sleeping

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 11 August 1863

      I feel so anxious to hear from George ; one cannot help feeling uneasy, although these days sometimes it cannot help being long intervals without one's hearing from friends in the army.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 18 August 1863

      We are expecting to hear of more rows in New York about the draft ; it commences there right away

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 25 August 1863

      while so many fall that we know, or, what is about as bad, get sick or hurt in the fight, and lay in hospital, it seems almost a miracle that George should have gone through so much, South and North and East and West

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 1 September 1863

      I have been thinking to-day and all yesterday about the draft in Brooklyn, and whether Jeff would be drafted ; you must some of you write me just as soon as you get this I want to know

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 8 September 1863

      Mother, one's heart grows sick of war, after all, when you see what it really is ; every once in a while I feel so horrified and disgusted it seems to me like a great slaughter-house and the men mutually butchering each

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 15 September 1863

      Burnside has managed splendidly so far, his taking Knoxville and all together it is a first-class success.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 29 September 1863

      As to Burnside, I suppose you know he is among his friends, and I think this quite important, for such the main body of East Tennesseans are, and are far truer Americans anyhow than the Copperheads of the North.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 6 October 1863

      Mother, I think Rosecrans and Burnside will be too much for the Rebels down there yet.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Abby Price.

      Washington, MD - 11 October 1863

      I am continually moving around among the hospitals. One I go to oftenest the last three months is Armory-square, as it is large, generally full of the worst wounds and sickness, and is among the least visited.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 13 October 1863

      Mother, I so much want to see you, even if only for a couple of weeks, for I feel I must return here and continue my hospital operations.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 20 October 1863

      I pay $10 a month; this includes gas, but not fuel.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 27 October 1863

      I have finally made up my mind that Mr. Lincoln has done as good as a human man could do. I still think him a pretty big President.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 15 December 1863

      The last word I got from home was your letter written the night before Andrew was buried Friday night, nearly a fortnight ago.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 29 January 1864

      The re-enlistment of the veterans is the greatest thing yet ; it pleases everybody but the Rebels and surprises everybody too.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 2 February 1864

      I am writing this by the side of the young man you asked about, Lewis Brown in Armory-square hospital. He is getting along very well indeed the amputation is healing up good, and he does not suffer anything like as much as he did.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 5 February 1864

      I am going down in front, in the midst of the army, to-morrow morning, to be gone for about a week so I thought I would write you a few lines now, to let you know.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Culpepper, VA - 12 February 1864

      I am a good deal of the time down within half a mile of our picket lines, so that you see I can indeed call myself in the front.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 2 March 1864

      Mother, I haven't given up the project of lecturing, either, but whatever I do, I shall for the main thing devote myself for years to come to these wounded and sick, what little I can.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 15 March 1864

      The poor boy very sick of brain fever I was with, is dead ; he was only 19 and a noble boy, so good though out of his senses some eight days, though still having a kind of idea of things

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 22 March 1864

      Gen. Grant is expected every moment now in the Army of the Potomac to take active command.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 29 March 1864

      Grant is here ; he is now down at headquarters in the field, Brandy station. We expect fighting before long ; there are many indications.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 31 March 1864

      Dear mother, I wish I had some money to send you, but I am living very close by the wind. Mother, I will try somehow to send you something worth while, and I do hope you will not worry and feel unhappy about money matters

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 5 April 1864

      Well, mother, I went to see the great spirit medium, Foster. There were some little things some might call curious, perhaps, but it is a shallow thing and a humbug.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 10 April 1864

      It is middling pleasant now. There are exciting times in Congress the Copperheads are getting furious and want to recognize the Southern Confederacy.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 19 April 1864

      As I told you in a former letter, Grant is determined to bend everything to take Richmond and break up the banditti of scoundrels that have stuck themselves up there as a " government."

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 26 April 1864

      Burnside's army passed through here yesterday. I saw George and walked with him in the regiment for some distance and had quite a talk. He is very well

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 28 April 1864

      the talk of the street here seems more and more to assert that Burnside's army is to remain near here to protect Washington and act as a reserve

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 3 May 1864

      I have seen a person up from front this morning. There is no movement yet and no fighting started. The men are in their camps yet. Gen. Grant is at Culpepper.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 6 May 1864

      I suppose the New York papers must have it in this morning that the Army of the Potomac has made a move, and has crossed the Rapidan river. At any rate that is the case.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 9 May 1864

      The fighting has been hard enough, but the papers make lots of additional items, and a good deal that they just entirely make up. There are from 600 to 1000 wounded coming up here not 6000 to 8000 as the papers have it.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 10 May 1864

      The fighting is about 70 miles from here, and 50 from Richmond on the 7th and 8th followed up by the Rebel army hauling off, they say retreating, and Meade's pursuing.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 12 May 1864

      George is all right, unhurt, up to Tuesday morning, 10th inst. The 51st was in a bad battle last Friday ; lost 20 killed, between 40 and 50 wounded.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 13 May 1864

      I have heard from George up to Tuesday morning last, 10th, till which time he was safe. The battle of Friday, 6th, was very severe.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 18 May 1864

      I was up yesterday to Carver hospital and again saw the man of the 51st, Thos. McCowell, who told me of George, up to latter part of Thursday, 12th inst.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Jeff Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 23 May 1864

      I too had got a few lines from George, dated on the field, 16th. He said he had also just written to mother. I cannot make out there has been any fighting since in which the 9th Corps has been engaged.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 25 May 1864

      I still go around daily and nightly among wounded. Mother, it is just the same old story ; poor suffering young men, great swarms of them, come up here now every day all battered and bloody

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 30 May 1864

      Many here anticipate that should Grant go into Richmond, Lee will make a side movement and march up west into the North, either to attempt to strike Washington, or to go again into Pennsylvania.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 3 June 1864

      I think the news from the Army is very good. Mother, you know of course that it is now very near Richmond indeed, from five to ten miles.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 7 June 1864

      I felt very much disturbed yesterday afternoon, as Major Hapgood came up from the paymaster general's office, and said that news had arrived that Burnside was killed, and that the 9th Corps had had a terrible slaughter.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 10 June 1864

      there are all sorts of rumors here, among others that Burnside does not give satisfaction to Grant and Meade, and that it is expected some one else will be placed in command of 9th Corps.

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 14 June 1864

      I am not feeling very well these days the doctors have told me not to come inside the hospitals for the present. I send there by a friend every day ; I send things and aid to some cases I know

    • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

      Washington, MD - 17 June 1864

      I think I shall come home for a short time, and pretty soon. (I will try it two or three days yet though, and if I find my illness goes over I will stay here yet awhile. All I think about is to be here if any thing should happen to George).