The first time I threaded a filmed copy of Robert Hubard's handwritten manuscript onto a library microfilm reader, I realized that this young Virginian's memoirs were very special. Hubard's colorful and engaging descriptions of his war years in the 3rd Virginia Cavalry, a unit very familiar to me from earlier regimental research, were both enlightening and entertaining.
My wife, Barbara, who had already endured two similar projects, was as excited as I was to ride once again with the 3rd Virginia Cavalry. She shared in all of the travel and in much of the research necessary to bring this delightful project to a successful conclusion. In addition, she was my comfort and strength whenever I stumbled or grew faint in pursuit of Hubard's story. I could not have finished this book without her love and support.
If I could not have finished this book without Barbara's support, I know I could not have begun without the able assistance of my nephew and proud University of Virginia alumnus, Ryan Rosebush. With little more to go on than a brief telephone description of the Hubard papers, Ryan wasted little time in visiting the Alderman Library Special Collections Department and representing my interests in the Hubard papers to the staff. He did more than simply gather information, however. Ryan, with his ready smile and quick wit, created a positive foundation on which I was able to build a productive long-distance relationship with the Special Collections staff.
William Stebbins Hubard of Roanoke, Virginia, made available to me a virtual treasure chest of Hubard genealogical information that I could