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Letters of Walt Whitman - Prologue - Summer 2010

Letters of Walt Whitman - Prologue - Summer 2010

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In this Authors on the Record, Hilary Parkinson interviews Robert Roper on his book: "Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and his Brothers in the Civil War."

What's new in the past? You're about to find out with Prologue magazine, the quarterly publication of the National Archives.

For more on the stories in the National Archives visit: http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue
In this Authors on the Record, Hilary Parkinson interviews Robert Roper on his book: "Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and his Brothers in the Civil War."

What's new in the past? You're about to find out with Prologue magazine, the quarterly publication of the National Archives.

For more on the stories in the National Archives visit: http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue

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AUTHORS ON THE RECORD
correspondence with riends and soldiers. Not all the letterssurvived. What missing letters do you wish you could read?
Tr’  m wr to tt: t ttr tt Wt, Mr. Wtm, d  trd rotr, J, wrot to gor w w odr. gor rd d t qky trw wy t ttr tt rd m t t rot. sodr wrord to do o,  ttr tt  to my d mt ot mortt t.T ttr tt Wt wrot wod  t to rd, ti tk  m d oy v mor, i wod k to  Mr. Wtm’ ttr. s w  tr mm d torytr, w yooy vry tt, d  ovd d trtdgor—i tk r tmt ttr to m wod v dy rv, ot o r ow tt o md d o ow tbrooky my w d wt t my rd.
 You used records rom the National Archives to look at the 51st Regiment, in which Walt’s brother George served. You alsolooked or evidence o another brother, Jesse, as a sailor in thecrew lists. What was your experience as researcher like?
i w  womr to t nto arv. My rvo 30-yr rr   wrtr, my o ov, d vr rqrd m to t arv, d i d oy  r d o t odrom v rd tor’ ot o tr rr rojt.i d  kd o “dvod” trt  t cv Wr—i rw   Mryd,  ort dt rom my ttd, d or wo w  vry kowd mtr tor ottkd to m ot t wr d owd m rtt  otd.
 What inspired you to look at the Whitman amily experience through the lens o the Civil War?
i w wy movd y wt i kw ot Wtm’rv   r  t cv Wr ot. T ot wr ot drd , d Wtm workd rd, oro yr, td to tod d tod o m.T i rd—i tk rom Roy Morr, Jr.’ trtook,
Te Better Ane— 
t
t o o Wt’ yor rotr w  uo odr, d morovr,  odr wo rvd or t xtt o t wr d wo w  trmdo mot o omt. i tot tr w  trt otrt  t tyo t two m: Wt  rtr oomtt, d rotrgor  mtt wrror.T i rd tt ty d wrtt my ttr to otr—Wt’ wr ortty ot, t gor’ wrmoty rrvd. T i dovrd . . . t motr! T my orrod d mot  d tro r d, d t, to   kow to trry tory   “trt,”  wrot or o ttr to r o dr t wr.i ot ot to ttr (otd  t  Wt Wtm arv t Dk uvrty). som o tm wr rt, d wr r wt t fvor o vd . i  to wt to tt tory o tt , t  o t Wtm my or ddr t cv Wr,  tr brooky,  Wto,d o t ttrod wr gor ot.
Tere is a huge network o letters between Mrs. Whitman and her children, and Walt Whitman also carried on a copious
Vtor to Wto, D.c.,  t word o Wt Wtm rvd o t Dot cr Mtro ttotr. T qotto  rom “T Drr,”  om 
leaves f grass.
i t om, t kr movmo t wodd, or omort,  Wtm m dd  t cv Wr ot o Wto:i t y t rt  t drk t-om r o yo;som r o m—i r t xr wt d d ato Wtm w  oomtt,  w d rordd t rv o t cv Wr   workd   r t ot. h w o  ro ttr wrtr wo wrot to d rvd ttr rom  rotr gor, uo odr d vtr o mjor tt. i  ook,
 
Nw the Drum f War: Wat Whitman and his Brthers in the Civi War,
Rort Ror ook t t orrod d xr o t Wtm my dr t cv Wr.Ror  t tor o  mr o ov  w  o 
Fata Muntaineer,
 w wo lodo’ Roygor soty bordm-kr prz  2002. h wrt   d  t
 
New Yrk imes, ls  Anees imes, outside,
d
 
Natina geraphic.
 
h t t Jo hok uvrty  btmor d v  Mryd d cor.
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The
Letters
of
Walt Whitman
Te Pet and His Famiy Were Active Crrespndents 
by hilary parkinson
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Prologue
Summer 2010

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