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George S. Bernard’s War Talks of Confederate Veterans is an indispensable source of information on the Petersburg Campaign of 1864-1865. In particular the compilation is notable for the accounts provided by the former Confederates about the Battle of the Crater and the early weeks of the campaign. Bernard himself had served as a Sergeant in the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment of Brigadier General William Mahone’s Brigade and clearly wished to make sure that his former comrades-in-arms received the recognition for their actions he felt they deserved.
It should go without saying that the passage of nearly thirty years affected how some men looked back on the war, but, for the most part, the reminiscences present in the book have a strong ring of authenticity.
Everyone interested in the Petersburg Campaign and the role of the common soldier should welcome having War Talks of Confederate veterans in print again.
-Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.
Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
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