Walt Whitman as a Nurse in the Civil War
Print by Ansel Adams, American, 1902 - 1984. Negative by Mathew B. Brady, American, 1823 - 1896.
Brady took this portrait during the years Walt Whitman served as a volunteer wound dresser in the hospitals of Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Whitman's writings about his visits were published in a New York newspaper in December 1864, where he wrote that "the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship . . . does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world."