Walter “Walt” Whitman was one of the best-known poets of the late 19th century. His controversial poetry collection Leaves of Grass, brought him fame, but conservative backlash prevented his employment in many government positions for which he sought work. He opposed slavery, and his poetry represented an egalitarian view of the races. When his brother George, a Union soldier, was wounded, Walt traveled south to find him. While George’s wound was minor, Walt saw the seriously injured soldiers and heaps of their amputated limbs. He found work in the army paymaster’s office and volunteered as a nurse in Army hospitals. His poem “O Captain! My Captain!” was about the death of Abraham Lincoln.
This Walt Whitman mug is part of our US Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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