Welcome, to the personal reminiscences of the Civil War seen through the eyes of Captain Harmon Hubbard. The provided articles provide detailed accounts of Harmon Hubbard's time spent in Andersonville prison, his eventual escape and survival, one last meeting with President Abraham Lincoln and the Battle of Ft. Blakley. When possible, throughout the text, I have provided additional links with more detail on key figures mentioned. In most cases, the original writings were published by the Mendon Dispatch circa 1904. To navigate through the primary articles, please utilize the drop-down menu found in the right-hand column.
Were did the writings come from?
The original Mark Twain scrapbook, where the writings are stored, was assembled by my great-grandmother, Daisy (Janney) Hubbard who was married to my great-grandfather Joseph Brown Janney. The scrapbook itself was published in New York City and was issued/printed on June 14, 1892 with patent number #477040.
According to my father, Daisy clipped and kept newspaper articles regarding Harmon Hubbard, and any additional press-worthy material relating to the Janney and Hubbard family, over the course of her lifetime. The scarpbook itself has been passed from generation to generation, with it reaching my hands earlier this year.
Throughout the following text, when possible, I have tried to provide correct copyright information and credit.
Why do this?
There are a number of reasons I've put Harmon Root (H.R.) Hubbard's body of work online. First and foremost, the original scrapbook that houses the newspaper clippings is old, brittle and starting to fall apart. Secondly, I wanted to allow others the opportunity to read and absorb Harmon's personal accounts from the Civil War. Lastly, there's a family tie between Harmon and myself, and that is — he's my great-great grandfather, on my father's side.
On a personal note, I'd also like to believe Harmon would have been pleased to see that his personal collection has survived over 100 years and found it's way to a new medium where it can be shared with billions — the Internet.
I hope you enjoy the following stories, articles and poetry as much I have, and my family has, over our lifetime. Enjoy.
#1 photo of H. R. Hubbard (shown)