Title: William E. Vandemark to Walt Whitman, 7 April 1864
Date: April 7, 1864
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from William E. Vandemark, Walt Whitman and the Civil War, ed. Charles I. Glicksberg (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1933), 156n. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01010
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, Sarah Synovec, and Janel Cayer
father i1 have been here to se yo and yo was not at home i leave my best wishes hoping yo are well i am very well yo must come and see me good by,
W. E. Vandermark to his father Walt Whitman.
1. William E. Vandemark, a private in Company I of the 120th New York Infantry, was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. Whitman noted that Vandemark was placed in bed 39Ward B at Armory Square Hospital, and Whitman may have written a letter to Vandemark's sister Sarah in Accord, New York (Edward F. Grier, ed., Notes and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1961–1984], 2: 644). Vandemark returned home on furlough and was briefly transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps during the summer of 1864 before returning to his regiment. He was killed on a skirmish line during the charge on Fort Davis at Petersburg, Virginia, on September 28, 1864. [back]