Walt Whitman and Congressional Cemetery

In 2019, this walk was given in conjunction with Whitman 200, a city-wide celebration of the bicentennial of Walt Whitman's birth.

Founded in 1830, Congressional Cemetery is the location of gravesites of men and women whom Walt Whitman came to know and love during his residence in Washington, D.C.  Soldier John Mahay was one of thousands tended by Whitman as a hospital visitor.  Photographer Mathew Brady captured the poet’s likeness in a dozen photographs.  The death of nurse Rose M. Billing was lamented by Whitman in his autobiography Specimen Days.  Former Rebel soldier Peter Doyle was the poet’s closest companion and presumed lover.  Doyle’s brother, Francis Michael, was buried in Congressional Cemetery when he became the very first Metropolitan Police officer killed in the line of duty.  Walt and Pete spent many summer evenings listening to the concerts of the Marine Band, led at the time by Francis Maria Scala.  The walking tour will be enlivened by readings of Whitman’s work.


Led by Martin


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Approximately 2 hours
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Embarks from the entrance to the cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE
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