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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 12: progress of the work in 1864-65. (search)
God are in the harness laboring for the salvation of souls. Our meeting is still in progress. Pray for us. E. B. Barrett, Chaplain Forty-fifth Georgia Regiment. How the memories of those days crowd upon me, as I sit in my quiet study twenty-three years after those stirring scenes. Those bright days before the opening of the campaign, when our camps were vocal with God's praises and hundreds of our brave boys were turning to the Lord—those days of constant battle, carnage, death, when Lee withstood Grant's overwhelming force from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor, and from Cold Harbor to Petersburg, and left hors de combat more of General Grant's people than he himself had—those long, weary days in forty miles of entrenchments, when the men in gray were worn away by attrition, and the thin line was stretched until it broke—and amid it all the precious seasons of worship, the realization of the presence and blessing of Jesus, and the assurance that God's Spirit was ever present in <
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)
kout, Fort Delaware, Elmira, Johnson's Island, and other points), and we have a grand total of at least 15,000 soldiers of Lee's army who professed faith in Jesus during the four years of the war. Rev. Dr. Bennett (Great Revival in the Southern Ad the value of the revival in promoting the efficiency of the army. If these figures are correct, then the estimate for Lee's army ought to be increased to at least 50,000, as fully one-third of the converts were in that army. I am fully satisfi? Most certainly there was. I have been very unfortunate if, in endeavoring to portray vividly the power of religion in Lee's army, I have been understood as representing that the millennium dawned upon us, or that wickedness and vice were entire in hope; his spirit rose to God. I recall, says Dr. Granberry, an interview with the sweetspirited and gallant Captain James K. Lee, of Richmond, Virginia. How glad I am, said he, as he gave me a cordial grasp, to shake the hand of a brother in