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There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance… Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, as a young man, dressed in rural attire for frontispiece of Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, as a young man, dressed in rural attire for frontispiece of Leaves of Grass

Now the drum of war: Walt Whitman and his brothers in the Civil War New York : Walker & Co., 2008 Robert Roper United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives Hardcover. 1st U.S. ed. and printing. viii, 421 p.: ill., ports.; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-409) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG   

In 1885 George Washington Whitman was quoted as saying about his brother's famous work "Leaves of Grass": "I saw the book—didn't read it all—didn't think it worth reading..."

In 1885 George Washington Whitman was quoted as saying about his brother’s famous work “Leaves of Grass”: “I saw the book—didn’t read it all—didn’t think it worth reading…”

Walt Whitman’s work as a nurse to the wounded soldiers of the Civil War had a profound effect on the way he saw the world. Much less well known is the extraordinary record of his younger brother George Washington Whitman, who led his men in twenty-one major battles almost to die in a Confederate prison camp as the fighting ended.

Drawing on the letters that Walt, George, their mother Louisa, and their other brothers wrote to each other during the conflict, Now the Drum of War chronicles the experience of an American family enduring its own long crisis alongside the nation. Robert Roper has constructed a narrative about America’s bloodiest war and has interwoven story of the poet and his brother – one of the union’s bravest soldiers.

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