In 1856, Walt Whitman wished that 'some… middle-aged, beard-faced American blacksmith or boatman come down from the West across the Alleghenies, and walk into the Presidency.' Five years later, Abraham Lincoln did just that. Less known is the shared admiration between the two. Lincoln inspired Whitman's poetry and for years he held imaginary conversations with Lincoln in his journal. We look back at the Civil War, 150 years later, through the shared regard of two of the times' most distinct voices.
Adam Goodheart, , Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, author of the forthcoming 1861: The Civil War Awakening