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1862 - Civil War - traveled to DC to help his wounded brother. Ended up staying and helping out with wounded soldiers.
While in D.C. he developed a great admiration for Abraham Lincoln
1865 - Lincoln’s assassination. Whitman responded with “O Captain, My Captain” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed.”
Over the years Whitman published more editions of Leaves of Grass, adding more and more poems. Whitman is America’s greatest transcendentalist poet. Surprises in Whitman’s poetry were the use of lists and the free discussion of the human body.