Hughes lived in Richmond during the war, and as a son of a prominent physician, his father was Mrs. Lee’s physician. He had the opportunity to meet and know the prominent Southern personalities. His insights are quite revealing and helpful. He takes the reader inside war torn Richmond. Hughes was the youngest cadet at VMI. Also, Hughes gives an objective and undistorted account of the true South. There is a biographical sketch of Hughes by H. Rondel Rumburg.