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“After the Battle” – a Walt Whitman Cinepoem, by Brian Reece

For a good accompanying soundtrack, listen to Kurt Bestor’s choral work, “Prayer of the Children.” I have tried to embed this particular musical piece in the video many many times, but to no avail. […]

Elizabeth for 10.15: The Unknown Soldier

Everyone has heard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Just as the monument honors the nameless and unrecovered soldiers of our country’s wars, Whitman also sets his pen to do justice to the unburied and forgotten brave heroes of the civil war: No formal general’s report, nor book […] […]

Brian for October 13 – War, Wisconsin, Chancellorsville

This post regards Whitman’s journal article entitled “Death of a Wisconsin Officer.” from the collection Memoranda During the War. In this journal entry, Whitman spends most of his writing admiring the pains the surgeons and nurses go through [including keeping the place quiet] to keep men alive and notes the sharp change in treatment and […] […]