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Books Unbound – Hospital Sketches’ by Louisa May Alcott, Part Three

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Both Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman were profoundly affected by the aftermath of the Battle of Fredericksburg during the American Civil War. In today’s episode, Alcott’s alter-ego nurse stays by the side of the mortally wounded soldier John, who embodies wartime ideals of nobility in suffering and self-sacrifice. Her account, read by Sarah Torbeck, is complemented by one of Walt Whitman’s poems about his own experiences as an army nurse, “The Wound D