Dinner with Walt

all things Walt Whitman

Dinner with Walt - all things Walt Whitman

Robert G. Ingersoll

Whitman had many close friends and admirers in his day, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, the eulogy of Walt Whitman was delivered by a man that Whitman respected and shared a close friendship, Robert G. Ingersoll. Wikipedia notes that, “The eulogy was published to great acclaim and is considered a classic panegyric.”

 

In my Whitman collection, I have a copy of the Address at the Funeral of Walt Whitman, by Robert G. Ingersoll.  Printed in 1976 by ManRoot.

 

I visited the resting place of Ingersoll on a recent visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Below the names of him and his wife, reads:  “Nothing is grander than to break chains from the bodies of men – nothing nobler than to destroy the phantoms of the soul”

 

Ingersoll is buried in Washington D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery. (Section 3, Lot 1620, Grid S-16.5).

 


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Peter “Pete” Doyle Grave

There’s much to be said about Whitman’s longtime ‘friend’ Pete Doyle. Most scholars, as does this author, believe that Whitman and Doyle were more than mere friends. Whitman cared very deeply for Doyle and their intimate relationship spanned decades. The Whitman Archive has a very comprehensive bio on Pete Doyle.

 

 

 

Pete and his brother, Edward, are buried in Washington, D.C. at Congressional Cemetery.

 

 

 

Near the Doyle graves are a grove of magnificent cherry trees.

 

 

 

I might also like to share that this author happened upon a small rock buried in the ground near Pete Doyle’s grave which was transported to Camden, NJ and placed in Whitman’s tomb.

 

 


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Whitman & Doyle Image Credit: Whitman Archive

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Horace Traubel Grave

Horace Traubel, and his wife Anne, were buried in Harleigh Cemetery, the same cemetery as Whitman. I like the Traubel headstone, a large natural rock engraved with their names and splattered in magnificent green lichen. Notice the wonderful green carpet of moss at the base of the stone.

 

Whitman scholars have Traubel to thank for his enormous contribution of furthering the knowledge of – and about – Walt Whitman. I give great thanks to Traubel and cannot help but feel a personal connection to him from reading the With Walt Whitman in Camden series.

 

To anyone interested in Walt Whitman, no visit to Camden, NJ would be complete without paying respects to the resting place of Horace Traubel.

 


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