However, the Whitman family leaves Brooklyn and moves back to Long Island, leaving fourteen-year-old Walt to fend for himself in the city.
He dropped out of school in order to work and earn money for this family,he worked as an assistant in the offices of a doctor and a lawyer.
In 1830 Whitman gets a job on the Long Island Patriot newspaper.
He immediately takes to the profession, and is soon freelancing on his own as a printer and typesetter for local publications.
Whitman moves to Whatshington D.C and works as a nurse in the military hospitals, when the Civil War breaks out.
He wrote the poem "when Lilacs last in the Dooryand Bloom'd" and " O Captain! My Captain" in honor of the fallen president