Walt Whitman's Memoranda During the War, 1876

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"Of the present Volume most of its pages are verbatim renderings from such pencillings on the spot…I have perhaps forty such little note-books left, forming a special history of those years, for myself alone, full of associations never to be possibly said or sung. I wish I could convey to the reader the associations that attach to these soil'd and creas'd little livraisons,… Even these days, at the lapse of many years, I can never turn their tiny leaves, or even take one in my hand, without the actual army sights and hot emotions of the time rushing like a river in full tide through me."

From the introduction to Walt Whitman’s memoir of his experiences as a volunteer nurse, Memoranda During the War, 1876. Learn more about Whitman and his works at the Whitman Archive.