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Potomac Diary: A Soldier's Account of the Capital in Crisis, 1864-1865by Newman, Marc
Retail Price: $18.99
Issue: Summer 2001
Potomac Diary combines excerpts from 21-year-old Union soldier Richtmyer Hubbell's diary with related photographs and illustrations. Hubbell was a New Yorker by birth and a doctor's apprentice by trade but served in the 1st Wisconsin Artillery as a company clerk. His unit garrisoned Ford Weed in Northern Virginia from September 1864-May 1865, which afforded Hubbell the opportunity to pay make the casual visits to wartime Washington, D.C., that he records in his diary. The entry for April 15, 1865, proved to be more somber: "Oh the revengefull Spirit of the South! They have murdered their own best friend."