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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 4: influence of Christian officers—concluded. (search)
the world. He was always the active friend and helper of his chaplains, and did everything in his power to promote the spiritual welfare of his men. He wrote Dr. A. E. Dickinson, Superintendent of Army Colportage, the following stirring appeal, which was published in the Religious Herald at the time and is well worth preserving, not only as illustrating his character and influence, but as showing also the condition of things in the army: camp near Orange Court House, Virginia, September 6, 1863. Brother Dickinson: Why is it that our good people at home, of the various denominations, are not sending more missionaries to the army? Every effort is made to supply the soldiers with creature comforts, and I believe you find little difficulty in raising money to furnish religious reading to the army—but why is it so few preachers are sent us? They have either concluded that soldiers are so demoralized that it is useless to preach to them, or else there is criminal indifference
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 8: eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel. (search)
version in these meetings at Fredericksburg, and the good work extended out into the neighboring brigades, and went graciously on—only temporarily interrupted by the battle of Chancellorsville—until we took up the line of march for Gettysburg. Indeed, it did not cease even on that active campaign, but culminated in the great revival along the Rapidan in August, 1863, which reached nearly the whole army, and really did not cease until the surrender at Appomattox. On Sunday evening, September 6, 1863, I had an engagement to preach for Brother J. J. D. Renfroe, chaplain of the Tenth Alabama, in the great revival in Wilcox's Brigade, camped near the Rapidan, not far from Orange Court House. As further illustrating the character of our world, I may mention that I preached to a large congregation in my own brigade at 6 o'clock that morning. At II o'clock I went to the Baptist church at Orange Court House, and assisted in the ordination of Brother W. G. Curry, of the Third Alabama Reg