1861, n.d
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1861, n.d
Papers, 1861 and n.d., of George S. Bernard of Petersburg, Virginia, consisting of letters, 1861, from Pattie B. Cowles (1843-1885) of Petersburg to Bernard while serving in the Petersburg Rifles (later Company E, 12th Virginia Infantry) stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, describing life in Petersburg in the early days of the Civil War; providing social and family news and gossip; declaring the devotion of the women of Petersburg to the cause and to the men who have left to fight; commenting on Alabama and South Carolina troops which have passed through Petersburg; and stating that President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) passed through Petersburg. Papers also include an undated speech praising the men and women of the Confederacy and their continuing contributions. It is addressed to "General and Confederate veterans" and was delivered probably to a group of Confederate veterans meeting in Charleston, South Carolina
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George S. Bernard was born 27 August 1837 in Culpeper County, Virginia, to David Bernard and Elizabeth Ashby Bernard. He attended the University of Virginia from 1855 to 1857. Upon graduation, he taught school in Essex County, Virginia, from 1857 to 1858. Bernard was admitted to the bar in Petersburg, Virginia, in June 1859, and commenced practicing law. When the Civil War began, he was a member of the Petersburg Rifles which became Company E, 12th Virginia Infantry. Bernard was discharged late in 1861 because of poor health, but after recovering, he reenlisted in the Meherrin Greys (Company I, 12th Virginia), serving until captured during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. In April 1863, Bernard rejoined Company E and served for the rest of the war. When the Civil War ended, Bernard returned to Petersburg to practice law. He served as a member of the Petersburg school board, and was elected to the House of Delegates, serving from 1877 to 1879. Bernard was elected prosecuting attorney for Petersburg in 1882, 1884, and 1886. He also was the attorney in Petersburg for the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Bernard spoke and wrote on the Civil War, emphasizing the battle of the Crater. Bernard married Fanny Rutherford (1842-1931) 23 June 1870, and they had children. He died in Petersburg 20 February 1912, and was buried in Blandford Cemetery.
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Schneider, Edna B.
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