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Walt's Bag, Carrying Food

May 12, 2013

The poet Walt Whitman visited and supported the Civil War wounded in DC, carrying goodies in an old leather bag. According to the WaPost,  "Moved by the horror of the war’s damage to helpless young patients, Whitman made hundreds of visits, toting the haversack packed with fruit, brandy, sweets, tobacco, clothing, money, newspapers."

That bag of his is going on display soon at the Library of Congress in Washington, along with one of his notebooks.

 

 

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Walt Whitman is a hero of mine.

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