Author Archives: Meg Groeling

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Weekly Whitman: “Years of the Modern”

Whenever I read this poem, I think perhaps Walt Whitman could predict the future. I see—from my perspective as a white American cis-gendered female—our country’s history unfolding, from our personal struggles against a monarchy to our current ones against recast … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “To the Leaven’D Soil They Trod”

Readers–the first Weekly Whitman came out at the end of October, and the last one is coming up soon. I missed several weeks in the hospital so there will not be exactly 52 entries, but these last ones have been … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman and the World Series

It is October, and the World Series is on the way. As a Yankee fan, I was disappointed this year–not just in the final results. It was a difficult season for Yankee fans, but even disappointing baseball is better than … Continue reading

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Under Fire: Is Past Always Prologue?

For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, … Continue reading

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Mosby Makes a Joke

At one point in ECW’s history, there was a shortage of blog posts. Kris/Chris sounded the alarm and mentioned that even a joke would do. Ever since that time, I have been looking for jokes that might work for this … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: Jottings on an Execution

Walt Whitman was able, by his very presence in Union hospitals and army camps, to write about parts of the war that were little reported. Below is a description of a young Union soldier who deserted, and whom Lincoln failed … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: In Clouds Descending, In Midnight Sleep

Sleeping? Dead? Ill? Until brought by the medics sometimes it was impossible to tell. It still is, whether we are looking at old photos, drone footage, or the latest breaking news. I do not know what more to say, but … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “I Saw Old General at Bay”

This week’s poem is a puzzle of sorts–just who is “old General?” I always thought it was Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but the copy of Whitman’s poems I usually use (Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems) has a … Continue reading

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General Custer’s Stirrup

July 4 marked my 6th wedding anniversary, and apparently, that is to be celebrated by the exchange of iron. It is supposed to signify strength and stability. I gave my husband some irony, but he gave me an actual iron … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “Weave in, My Hardy Life”

In my work on Colonel Elmer Ellsworth there is a description of the man by John Hay, future Lincoln secretary and Roosevelt Secretary of State. Hay mentions that the picture shows the physical strength and definition of Ellsworth’s upper arm. … Continue reading

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