Specimen Days cover

Specimen Days

Walt Whitman

1. 01 – A Happy Hour’s Command – Sources of Character- Results-1860
2. 02 – Opening of the Secession of War – Patent Office Hospital
3. 03 – The White House by Moonlight — The Most Inspiriting of All War’s Shows
4. 04 – Battle of Gettysburg — Summer of 1864
5. 05 – A New Army Organization Fit for America — A Model Hospital
6. 06 – Boys in the Army – Death of President Lincoln
7. 07 – Sherman’s Army’s Jubilation-Its Sudden Stoppage — The Real War Will Never Get in the Books
8. 08 – An Interegnum Paragraph – Colors-A Contrast
9. 09 – Nov 8 ‘76 – The Oaks and I
10. 10 – A Quintette-Death of William Cullen Bryant
11. 11 – Jaunt Up the Hudson – Wild Flowers
12. 12 – The Civility Too Long Neglected — Meeting A Hermit
13. 13 – An Ulster County Waterfall — Swallow on the River
14. 14 – Begin a Long Jaunt West — The Women of the West
15. 15 – The Silent General – Seeing Niagara to Advantage
16. 16 – Jaunting To Canada — Death of Thomas Carlyle
17. 17 – Carlyle From American Points of View — Millet’s Pictures Last Items
18. 18 – Birds – Death of Longfellow
19. 19 – Starting Newspapers-Nature and Democracy-Morality
20. 20 – Collect – End

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Summary

Specimen Days is essentially the great American poet Walt Whitman’s scrap book. It documents most of his life’s adventures, espeically his experience serving as a nurse during the Civil War and travelling around America.