Title: George Washington Whitman to Walt Whitman, 29 April 1864
Date: April 29, 1864
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from George Washington Whitman, Civil War Letters of George Washington Whitman, ed. Jerome M. Loving (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1975), 117-118. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Whitman Archive ID: duk.00353
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Janel Cayer, Kathryn Kruger, Gillian Price, and April Lambert
Dear Brother Walt.
I thought I would write you a word to say that I am perfectly well and hearty
We arrived here last night about dark, and are going to fall in, in a few minutes to move on towards Warrenton I believe. I hear that Grant has issued an order, that no letters will be allowed to be sent from this army for the next Sixty days. If that is the case Walt you must tell Mother not to feel the least bit worried if she does not hear from me in some time. I send this by Adjt McKee2 who is going to Washington for a day or two
I can tell you nothing about the army, more than you already know everyone seems to be in good spirits and hopefull. I sent my trunk from Annapolis to Washingt to our Sutler, who keeps a place in Washington his name is L. Kipps cor of F & 9th St Model House
G. W. Whit
1. Ordered to follow General Meade's Army of the Potomac into Virginia, Burnside's Ninth Army Corps departed from Annapolis on April 23, 1864. Upon reaching Washington, D.C., on April 25, it passed in review before President Lincoln. As Captain Whitman marched through Washington with his regiment, Walt Whitman walked beside him. According to Walt's letter to his mother on April 26, 1864, George became so preoccupied with seeing his brother again that he failed to salute as the regiment passed the balcony occupied by Lincoln and Burnside. After marching through the city, the Ninth Army proceeded into Virginia. It was encamped at Fairfax Court House on April 28 and at Bristoe Station on April 29. [back]
2. Abraham W. McKee. [back]