|William Giggee, Sept. 18th, '62. I heard
of poor Bill's death -- he was shot
on Pope's retreat -- Arthur took
him in his arms, and he died in
about an hour and a half --
Arthur buried him himself he
dug his grave
This passage chronicles the overlapping of nursing and
soldier roles, for Arthur is presumably a soldier also taking part
in Pope's retreat when his friend? comrade? partner? fellow soldier?
Bill is struck.
How should we draw out the networks
of association, friendship, comradeship, and love which these
notebooks chronicle even before Whitman began his official "service"
in the hospitals
later in 1862?