Walt Whitman as a Nurse in the Civil War

Print by Ansel Adams, American, 1902 - 1984. Negative by Mathew B. Brady, American, 1823 - 1896.

Photograph taken in United States, North and Central America

c. 1861-1864 (negative); c. 1950-1955 (print)

Gelatin silver print

Image and sheet: 9 × 6 1/2 inches (22.8 × 16.5 cm) Mount: 12 × 9 inches (30.5 × 22.8 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
From the Collection of Dorothy Norman, 1997

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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."