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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 1: religious elements in the army. (search)
eeks prior to his death—in that brighter, better home above, where war's rude alarms never disturb, and loved ones never part. The fears of that Christian mother, as her boy left the parental roof to encounter the peculiar temptations of soldier life, were the fears of our wisest and best men. Armies had been hitherto regarded as decidedly demoralizing, and it had passed into a proverb: The worse the man the better the soldier, against which the examples of Hedley Vickars, Havelock, Colonel Gardiner and other Christian soldiers were cited in vain. It is not for a moment denied that these fears were well-founded, and that as a rule the influence of an army is demoralizing. Its very object is to destroy life, and its scenes of carnage unquestionably tend, if not properly used, to blunt the moral perceptions, and harden in iniquity. And, then, absence from the influences of home and church, and the restraints of society, coupled with the common idea that things which would be crimi
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 4: influence of Christian officers—concluded. (search)
r acting in a non-military and disorderly manner; and the commander-in-chief, General Lord Gough, entertained the charge, but, with the true spirit of a generous military man, he caused the state of Colonel Havelock's regiment to be examined. He caused the reports of the moral state of the various regiments to be read for some time back, and he found that Colonel Havelock's stood at the head of the list; there was less drunkenness, less flogging, less imprisonment in it, than in any other. When that was done, the commander-in-chief said: Go and tell Colonel Havelock, with my compliments, to baptize the whole army. Thank God that we had in the Confederate armies so many Christian officers—men worthy to take their places beside Havelock, Colonel Gardiner, Captain Headley Vickars, General George H. Gordon, and all of the Christian soldiers of history, and to exhibit the power of the Gospel in making men truer patriots, braver soldiers, and more influential leaders of their fellows
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Roster of chaplains, army of Northern Virginia. (search)
Virginia. J. W. Walkup; G. W. Easter. Thirty-eighth Virginia. R. W. Cridlin; Rev. Mr. Cosby. Fifty-third Virginia. W. S. Penick; P. H. Fontaine; Rev. Mr. Colton Fifty-seventh Virginia. J. E. Joyner. Fourteenth Virginia. Rev. Mr. Crocker. Terry's Brigade. First Virginia. Rev. Mr. Oldrich. Third Virginia. Rev. Mr. Hammond; J. W. Ward. Seventh Virginia. John H. Bocock; F. McCarthy; Rev. Mr. Frayser. Eleventh Virginia. John C. Granberry; Thos. C. Jennings. Twenty-fourth Virginia. W. F. Gardiner Hunton's Brigade. Eighth Virginia. T. A. Ware; Geo. W. Harris. Eighteenth Virginia. J. D. Blackwell. Nineteenth Virginia. P. Slaughter. Twenty-eighth Virginia. Rev. Mr. Tinsley. Fifty-sixth Virginia. Rev. Mr. Robbins. Corse's Brigade. Fifteenth Virginia. P. F. August. Seventeenth Virginia. John L. Johnson; R. M. Baker. Thirtieth Virginia. W. R. D. Moncure. Thirty-second Virginia. Twenty-ninth Virginia. Rev. Mr. Phillippi. Artillery first Corps (Brigadier-General Alexan