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L.W. Hubbard

L.W. Hubbard

Federal (USV)

Musician

Lucien Welles Hubbard

(1848 - 1864)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

From Bridgeport, he enlisted as Musician (dummer) in Company A, 14th Connecticut Infantry, and mustered on 19 July 1862. He had just passed his 14th birthday.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in Maryland and in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. He wrote his mother the next day:

I have found a few minutes to spend and I thought I would write as you might think I was killed in battle Wednesday Sept. 17. I was in the battle bringing off the wounded, the balls flying thick and fast. The nearest I had one hit me was one through my hat ... I have been to work all day long and been up all night helping the wounded and dressing the wounds. ... I am in good health and stand it very well ... If I could get home I would not care about coming again, not because I am sick of it but I do not like the looks of some of the wounds I have to see. You can't imagine anything about it. See men wounded in the head, arms, hands, legs and all over their body.

One fellow had five balls in him and he did not stop fighting until a shell hit him and knocked his leg clean off. I don't want to have you worry about me because I am all right and will take care of myself ...

The rest of the War

He was again in action, at Fredericksburg in December, Chancellorsville in May, and Gettysburg in July 1863. He was captured in action at Bristoe Station, VA on 14 October 1861, and was held at Belle Island Prison, Richmond. He died there of chronic diarrhea on 16 April 1864, age 15.

References & notes

Basic information from Ingersoll1. Thanks to John Banks for highlighting some of his letters and a photograph, source of the picture here, in a blog post. The photograph from descendant Emilie Bosworth-Clemens. His memorial on Findagrave has his burial place as the Richmond National Cemetery.

More on the Web

William "Griff" Griffing has posted a large collection of Hubbard correspondence online.

Birth

07/09/1848

Death

04/16/1864 Richmond, VA

Notes

1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pg. 571  [AotW citation 17509]