The Civil War Memoirs of a Virginia Cavalryman

By Robert T. Hubard Jr.; Thomas P. Nanzig | Go to book overview
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Editor's Note

The ledger book into which Robert T. Hubard, Jr., entered his Civil War experiences contained somewhat more text than appears in this edited account. Hubard was interested not only in relating his own service actions and those of his regiment but also in documenting other military campaigns that affected the course of the war. Although Hubard's accounts of such campaigns as Vicksburg, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga are accurate, for example, they were, at best, secondhand reiterations of immediate postwar histories and, at worst, simple recitations of newspaper accounts. Moreover, they do not lend any information of interest to his own first-person account of the war in Virginia or shed any new light on the campaigns he mentions. Consequently, I have chosen to delete those passages in this edition.

Although most of Bob Hubard's campaign and battlefield reminiscences are eyewitness accounts of his own experiences, he is careful to note those campaigns in which he did not participate due to illness. Understandably, he has attempted to fill these voids with facts that were probably provided by his comrades as well as by accounts written in his commanders' battle reports on his return to duty.

A few paragraphs containing background information on Hubard's regimental officers and cavalry commanders have been relocated within the text for the sake of clarity.

Capitalizations, sentences, and paragraphs were somewhat irregularly determined in Civil War–era compositions, even among college graduates such as Hubard. Corrections have been made for the sake of clarity in the case of improper capitalizations. Lengthy sentences and para

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