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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 2: influence of Christian officers. (search)
R. E. Lee. General W. H. F. Lee. His affection for Jackson and Jackson's love for him were very touching. To JacksonJackson's love for him were very touching. To Jackson's note informing him that he was wounded General Lee replied: I cannot express my regret at the occurrence. Could I have diJackson's note informing him that he was wounded General Lee replied: I cannot express my regret at the occurrence. Could I have directed events I should have chosen for the good of the country to have been disabled in your stead. I congratulate you on thleft, I have lost my right arm. Hearing soon after that Jackson was growing worse, he expressed the deepest concern and sae ever prayed in my life I have pleaded with the Lord that Jackson might be spared to us. And then his heart swelled with emay to weep like a child. He thus announced the death of Jackson: General order, no. 61. Headquarters, A. N. Va., May 1l see that we have to mourn the loss of the great and good Jackson. Any victory would be dear at such a price. His remains says in his paper: The crowning excellence of such men as Jackson and Lee was their sincere Christian piety. The remark mad
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 4: influence of Christian officers—concluded. (search)
s on duty with his regiment at the battle of Fredericksburg, on the 13th of December, under General Jackson, and, with unflinching courage and entire self-possession, maintained his position on that nd life. He charged those who ministered to him with pious messages to the absent. Tell General Jackson and General Lee, said he, they know how Christian soldiers can fight, and I wish they could see now how a Christian soldier can die. In communicating this message to General Jackson, Dr. Coleman wrote: I doubt not, general, that the intimate acquaintance with yourself which my brother hat your earthly acquaintance will be purified and perfected into an eternal friendship. General Jackson's response was characteristic. He writes: Had your brother lived, it was my purpose te time, belonged to the Rockbridge Artillery, but who was soon after promoted to a place on General Jackson's staff Dr. Brown published this extract in the Central Presbyterian. The writer says:
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 6: hospital work. (search)
our crown of rejoicing for ever and ever. At the union prayer-meeting (of all denominations) one afternoon, that gallant soldier and pious man, General Stonewall Jackson, was present, and led in prayer. At the supper-table, some professing Christians, when told of it, expressed regret at not having been present. Had they known that General Fackson was to have been there, they would certainly have gone. Alas! they forgot that a greater than Jackson, or any other mere man, had promised to meet with His people, even the Lord of life and glory. It is certainly a gratifying fact that General Jackson is an active, humble, consistent Christian—restraining prGeneral Jackson is an active, humble, consistent Christian—restraining profanity and Sabbath-breaking—welcoming army colporters, distributing tracts, and anxious to have every regiment in his army supplied with a chaplain. Indeed, our officers generally seem disposed to favor efforts for the moral and religious improvement of the soldiers. I am told that a general in command of an important post, a ma<
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 7: work of the chaplains and missionaries. (search)
kson's) which proved exceedingly interesting, and resulted, I trust, in much good. It was a meeting for general consultation and prayer, and there were points elicited which I am sure would prove of interest to the readers of the Herald. General Jackson has taken especial pains to have his command supplied with chaplains, and yet a little over half of the regiments in our corps are still destitute. There are several entire brigades without a single chaplain. This destitution was made a spps that are without chaplains, and to recommend ministers of the different denominations to fill the vacancies. Brethren desirous of obtaining chaplaincies for themselves or friends would do well, therefore, to write at once to Dr. Lacy, at General Jackson's Headquarters, or to some one of the chaplains of our corps. And are there not brethren now in the pastorate who might be spared for this most important work? The harvest is plenteous, and the laborers are few. I suppose that in the othe
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 8: eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel. (search)
brave and an humble Christian and devout churchman, heard that sermon and did not fully endorse what he called its extreme Calvinism. Dr. Dabney rode with General Jackson into the very thickest of the fight, on many a hard fought field. The men used to say of their soldier-preacher He does not mind it any more than we do. Thes service in full hearing of the enemy's lines. Some of the meetings we held around Richmond when we came back from Harrison's Landing—around Gordonsville when Jackson went to meet Pope—in line of battle at Cedar Run— and on the march to Second Manassas—were of deep solemnity and great interest, but I must pass them by at presenpahannock the next winter there were a still larger number of chapels. I remember especially a large and very comfortable one in the Stonewall Brigade, which General Jackson was accustomed to attend, and where I had the privilege of preaching one Sunday to a deeply attentive congregation, and of watching with great interest the w
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 9: State of religion in 1861-62. (search)
erals are men who have dropped the gown of the Christian for the apparel of the soldier. Polk was a bishop, Pendleton a clergyman, D. H. Hill a religious author, Jackson a dignitary of the Church, while scores of others occupying subordinate positions, are equally well known for their devotion at the shrine of Christianity. All oeen frequently environed, and are living illustrations of the truth that a fighting Christian is as terrible to his enemies as he is gentle to his friends. General Jackson never enters a fight without first invoking God's blessing and protection. The dependence of this strange man upon the Deity seems never to be absent from hiit is needless to add that few such examples have ever told with more wondrous power upon the hearts of men. Are you surprised, after this recital, that Stonewall Jackson is invincible, and that he can lead his army to certain victory whenever God's blessing precedes the act? Rev. G. T. Gray, chaplain of a regiment stationed in
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 10: revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg. (search)
ping for the best. The officers, especially Generals Jackson and Early, have modified military rules for ouing and praying as I had not seen them before. General Jackson himself was a frequent attendant at our meetingeet's Corps, was hastening to confront him—and that Jackson was needed on the Rappahannock. The order to movined by remarks from Colonel Faulkner, chief of General Jackson's staff, and Colonel Battle, of the Third Alaba who threw obstacles in the way of my work. At General Jackson's Headquarters they have daily prayers and freqset out to preach to the Stonewall Brigade; but General Jackson was up too early for me. I arrived at noon to lI made my way to the pulpit; so full that when General Jackson and General Paxton came to the door, they modessit Fredericksburg and its battle-ground. When General Jackson heard of our intention, he added to his many kiiting the army. I was with our Christian hero, General Jackson, at his Headquarters about two weeks ago, and h
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 12: progress of the work in 1864-65. (search)
oard, we can give no guess even as to their numbers. The Georgia Conference determined, if possible, to furnish one missionary to each Georgia Brigade, and at the session of 1863 the work was begun by sending seven ministers: R. B. Lester to Jackson's Brigade, Army of Tennessee; A. M. Thigpen to Colquitt's Brigade, near Charleston; J. W. Turner to the troops in and around Savannah, and on the coast below there; G. W. Yarbrough to Wofford's Brigade, General Longstreet's army; T. H. Stewart t Scales's (North Carolina) Brigade promptly knelt, a short while since, on an invitation for all Christians, and all who desired the special prayers of God's people to kneel. Bath Court House, Virginia, March 10. The chaplains of this (Colonel Jackson's) brigade have recently closed a very interesting meeting of nineteen days. There were twenty-five or thirty conversions. I baptized nine, and five others are received for baptism. Seven united with the Southern Methodists. Many peniten
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
at they were doing. He agreed fully with General Jackson in his regard for the office, though at taulkner promised to issue it officially. (General Jackson was busy; we did not see him just then; bervices, even on Sabbath. When possible, General Jackson always insisted on the chaplains taking ay auditors. The preacher stated this was General Jackson's favorite text—then unfolded the doctrinicksburg; and I had a last interview with General Jackson, which made a considerable impression on , on the morning of that same Sabbath, at General Jackson's Headquarters. You probably have visiteer brought together. Beside Generals Lee and Jackson, I remember that Early and Kershaw were there seen intently reading the books and tracts. Jackson took his seat between two of the tents, in a for the very last time! I parted with General Jackson at his tent on the next day, and in the ahem accomplish! The influence, eminently, of Jackson, what was its extent, what its value? In his[7 more...]