The Artilleryman by Walt Whitman: During the Civil War, Whitman served as a nurse in hospitals for wounded soldiers in Washington, D.C. He never experienced combat on the battlefield, but he heard from the veterans whom he treated tales of the horrors of combat. Whitman puts to use the soldiers’ stories in “The Artilleryman’s Vision” and other Drum-Taps poems. The Drum-Taps collection comprises forty-three poems that take the reader from the war’s beginnings in 1861, through the conflict, and toward its conclusion four years later. Some of the final poems of the collection present the hope of reconciliation between the...
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