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Voices from Company D: Diaries by the Greensboro Guards, Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia Hardcover – August 11, 2003
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I know of nothing quite like this book―no comparable body of testimony from one Civil War company, North or South.(Gary W. Gallagher author of Lee and His Army in Confederate History)
This is the most extensive and valuable set of documents on a single Confederate company that I have ever seen.(George C. Rable author of Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!)
The strength of the journal entries, and thus of the book, is their thoroughness and, due to the educational background of some of the diarists, their clarity. Careful editing of the work of multiple diarists makes the end result a wonderfully detailed company history in the participants' own words . . . A significant contribution to the study of the South, the Civil War, and the meaning and importance of community in historical context.(Georgia Historical Quarterly)
Taken together, Hubbs’s books make important contributions to our understanding of both the region and the era.(North Carolina Historical Review)
Voices from Company D is an excellent and unique contribution to the personal histories of the soldiers of the Civil War.(Blue & Gray Magazine)
[An] excellent pair of companion volumes . . . Together these two books provide interesting concepts and useful resources that should be of value and interest to scholars of the Civil War and the South.(Alabama Review)
G. Ward Hubb's two volumes . . . are fascinating testaments to the meaning of community in the Deep South. . . . Whether examined separately or in tandem, both works make a significant contribution to the study of the South, the Civil War, and the meaning and importance of community in historical context.(Georgia Historical Quarterly)
What is ingenious about G. Ward Hubbs's studies and really distinguishes them is that he places the main concern of the once new social history―community―at the heart of his Civil-War saga.(Florida Historical Quarterly)
About the Author
G. Ward Hubbs is an assistant professor and archivist at Birmingham-Southern College and the author of a book about the Guards, "Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community" (Georgia).
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The writing skills of these diarists is quite surprising. Time and again the reader will come across details and vignettes that are astonishing. In one instance the writer (a private) takes a late night stroll and in the moonlight passes another lone stroller...Robert E. Lee. In another instance a young doctor, fighting as a private, describes his heroic attempts to save his best friend from a protracted illness only to have him die in his arms. It may well be the most poignant thing I have ever read. Other descriptions will create images that will long remain with the reader. From now on when I hear bacon frying I will think of flying miniballs!
This book is unlike anything I have ever read concerning the War Between the States. I highly recommend it.