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Praise for "Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans"

Praise for Civil War Talks

In 1892, George Bernard published War Talks of Confederate Veterans, a collection of speeches and letters by Confederate soldiers, in particular fellow survivors of the 12th Virginia Infantry and Mahone’s Brigade.  That compilation is still regarded as one of the most useful sources for the first day at Chancellorsville, for example.  The primary narratives in this new book supply even more valuable evidence on a variety of topics….this mix of primary narratives makes a substantial contribution to what we know about a sturdy regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia.

--Robert K. Krick, Civil War Times, co-author of Lee's Last Campaign

Scores of books recount the saga of the great Southern army entrusted with the defense of the Old Dominion.  Yet the front row of that library now must make room for a wealthy addition to the annals of what its members proudly called "Marse Bob's Boys."

--James I. Robertson, Jr.,, co-author of Civil War Petersburg

Civil War Talks offers fresh, valuable insights into more than a dozen Civil War engagements provided by common soldiers, high-ranking officers, and civilians. This collection is an extremely valuable addition to the library of primary published Confederate narratives.

--A. Wilson Greene, author of The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion

I was very pleased to discover this book. Supplementing Bernard’s classic War Talks, this thoroughly documented and superbly edited volume belongs on every serious Civil War student’s shelf....The editors of this work have meticulously compiled and documented his unpublished collection of memoirs, official accounts and letters in what is one of the best Civil War histories I have read in the last few years.  Good, crisp maps and thorough footnotes flesh out the events and the people about whom Bernard wrote. Genealogists and Civil War enthusiasts will find this book informative, useful and, above all, very readable.

John Michael Priest, Civil War News, author of Victory without Triumph: The Wilderness, May 6th and 7th, 1864

Students of the Petersburg Campaign, the Army of Northern Virginia, and first person accounts of the Civil War will want to own this book.  In fact, I'd go so far as to say this is one of the most important new books on the war to come out in the past decade.  Items long forgotten by most, and some which may never have seen the light of day in any form, are now available thanks to some luck, some great editing, and the publishers at the University of Virginia Press.

--TOCWOC, A Civil War Blog

The result is a rich collection of primary sources on the military history of the Civil War that, at times, also speaks to issues of historical memory....The editors do an excellent job of clearly but unobtrusively guiding the reader through the documents....The working historian will certainly appreciate the richness of the collection....Military historians will find the collection particularly useful."

--Andre M. Fleche, The Journal of Southern History, author of The Revolution of 1861

This is a treasure trove of Confederate first person accounts rescued from the obscurity of late 19th Century newspapers and the personal papers of Bernard. Those interested in the Army of Northern Virginia, especially its fighting at the Siege of Petersburg, will find this to be a very useful and interesting book. The editors also deserve praise for their annotation, editing, and detective skills. Buy this book. You will not regret it.

--Brett R. Schulte,

The release of a second volume of heretofore unpublished primary sources by Bernard serves both a scholarly and a nonprofessional audience. This superbly edited collection will become an essential volume on Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

--Peter S. Carmichael, Gettysburg College, author of The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion

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