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"A biography of John Bannon, a Roman Catholic priest who served as chaplain of the First Missouri Confederate Brigade from 1861 to 1863. Although Tucker gives some attention to Bannon’s career before and after the Civil War, his account focuses on Bannon’s varied wartime activities: recruiter of Irish immigrant troops military chaplain, and secret agent of the Davis government in Ireland. Tucker’s research in the primary literature is impressive and his narrative style is admirably clear, as he describes the often forgotten intersection of religious, political, and military concerns.”
—Journal of Southern History
"Well-written and well-researched . . . Father Bannon’s story is a remarkable and fascinating one. . . . All students of southern religious, and Civil War history should be indebted to Tucker for bringing this intriguing man to life in superb fashion. This is a fine study that will assuredly endure.”
—Journal of American History
"I have no hesitancy in saying that the greatest soldier I ever saw was Father Bannon.”
—General Sterling Price, C.S.A.