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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)
n Bankhead's company, Fifteenth Regiment, Alabama Volunteers, came out on the Lord's side. A third: Among the number converted were eight noble-hearted men who had volunteered to defend the liberties of their country. You may imagine the lovely scene which then transpired: fathers and mothers embracing their noble boys, exclaiming, with hearts all illumed by heavenly love, Now we can give you up better satisfied. Rev. Dr. Cross writes from the Walker Legion: The other day I visited General Holmes at his quarters. Seeing a pistol in my belt, he said: What! Are you a soldier as well as a chaplain? A soldier of Christ, general, I replied. Ah, said he, that is the noblest soldiership! Follow Him closely, serve Him faithfully; there is no way in which you can do so much for your country. We have plenty of men to fight, but not half enough to pray. May we never forget our dependence upon the Divine succor. These remarks were characteristic. The general is a godly man, and freq
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 4: influence of Christian officers—concluded. (search)
r free sisters of the further South, or join with them in their just independence, and throw her generous breast before them to receive the first blow of the tyrant's rod, and bear the brunt of his wrath. She obeyed her heart, exercised her right, and stood in the breach. In the battle of Bull Run he lost his gallant cousin, Major Carter H. Harrison. Three days later, at Manassas, his native soil was wet again by the blood of the only nephews of his mother, the only sons of their mother, Holmes and Tucker Conrad, and by the blood of his own pure and beautiful brother, Lieutenant Peyton Randolph Harrison. These four young men were all faithful servants of God. Their lives were lovely and useful. In His fear they fought. They were sustained by His grace when they fell. The Conrads were shot at the same moment, and falling side by side, lay, as in the sleep of childhood, almost in each other's arms. The younger of them was a student of theology, and was nearly ready, with glowin
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 13: results of the work and proofs of its genuineness (search)
love and remembrance, and lead him still closer to the Cross. At length the eyes opened again: Tell my mother that I was brave; that I never flinched a bit. I have before quoted from the admirable book of Dr. John L. Johnson—the University of Virginia Memorial—and I shall now cull from it some of the many dying utterances of Our Fallen Alumni, which beautifully and touchingly show the reality of the profession of faith in Christ which so large a proportion of these noble men made. Holmes and Tucker Conrad, of Martinsburg, were my friends at the university, and I could add my emphatic testimony to their humble, earnest, Christian character. They fell in the thickest of the fight at First Manassas, fighting side by side and behaving with most conspicuous gallantry, and were afterwards found clasped in each other's arms. The appropriate epitaph on their tomb tells the touching story of their lives and death: Holmes Addison Conrad Henry Tucker Conrad Christian brothers, Lie bu
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix no. 2: the work of grace in other armies of the Confederacy. (search)
th Georgia Regiment, was one of the noblest bodies of men with whom I came in personal contact during the war. I found the surgeon, Dr. R. B. Gardner, of Barnesville, a most congenial, companionable Christian man of sweet spirit and exemplary character. Dr. Gardner after the war wished to live in Tennessee, and at my suggestion came to Giles county and taught school at Bethel and elsewhere, and was for some years a minister in the Methodist Church before his death. The assistant surgeon, Dr. Holmes, was also a true Christian of manly deportment. Among others to whom I was strongly attached were Captains Carter, of Barnesville, and Wilson, of Spring Place—the latter a Presbyterian of culture, and the former a wam-hearted Methodist. They and many others whose names I doubt not are now as then in the Lamb's Book of Life were just such Christians as were greatly needed in camp. Among others I remember so well was Lieutenant Amos R. Kendall, now Dr. Kendall, the pastor of the First Met