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November 6, 2003

Birmingham-Southern College professor publishes companion books about Confederate Greensboro Guards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Guy Hubbs, assistant professor of library science at Birmingham-Southern College, has published two books about the Confederate company Greensboro Guards of Greensboro, Ala.

Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community and Voices from Company D: Diaries by the Greensboro Guards are companion books, both published by University of Georgia Press.

Guarding Greensboro is about community building, in particular about how people in Greensboro began as modern individualists and, through their experiences in the Civil War, emerged as traditional Southerners.

Voices from Company D is a compilation of eight diaries from the Greensboro Guards, woven together into a narrative that begins before Fort Sumter and ends with the company's return to Alabama after the Civil War ends.

Hubbs said that the idea for the books began when someone brought into his office a small diary from January 1863. Through his research, he found a hardbound ledger and more diaries from the same Confederate company.

“The books are aimed at a general, thoughtful audience and will appeal to Civil War buffs, but I hope they will reach those who are concerned about such questions as ‘Why do we form communities?' and ‘What makes Southerners distinctive?'” Hubbs said.

Hubbs, who joined the Birmingham-Southern faculty in 1999, received his bachelor's degree from Baylor University, his master's degree from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama.


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