In Search of Walt Whitman, Part Two: The Civil War and Beyond (1861-1892) (2020)

“In the hospitals, injured Union soldiers lay side by side with injured Confederate soldiers. Men who had been enemies just days before, now recovered together. Walt visited them all.” – Andrew D. Kaplan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Dec 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the second half of the life of Walt Whitman, the famous American Poet.

My Take on it – After watching the first part of this documentary chronicling Walt Whitman’s early life (In Search of Walt Whitman, Part One: The Early Years (1819-1860) (2020)), I was quite interested in seeing how things might progress from there, so I decided to check out this second part.

In some ways this movie is more fascinating than the first because it allowed for them to show the way that he began to become known in various circles around the country, but especially in Washington.

He greatly admired Abraham Lincoln and according to this film, he received information from a close friend who was actually present at the assassination by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater in April of 1865.

The various interviews shown here with historians and academic scholars, shed so much light on his personal life especially regarding the way that his activism about injured soldiers in Civil War affected him to a point where he went on a daily basis to the hospitals in order to care for and comfort the wounded on both sides of the conflict.

His own medical issues are also chronicled here which show the perseverance that he had in order to feel complete due to his hard work to rehabilitate himself despite his various illnesses along the way.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On the death of Abraham Lincoln, whom Whitman greatly admired, he wrote his well known poems, “O Captain! My Captain!” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”, and gave a series of lectures. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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