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William W. Bennett, A narrative of the great revival which prevailed in the Southern armies during the late Civil War 3 1 Browse Search
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t to be present. During that day of battle it is said that three of this company sought and obtained the pardon of their sins. The religious services were well attended by the troops stationed at Yorktown, and were not without spiritual fruits. The Colonel Hill referred to in the following extract from the letter of a soldier was afterwards General D. H. Hill, a soldier of the Cross, as valiant for Christ as he was for his country: We had two sermons yesterday; one last night by Mr. Page. It is quite romantic to see four or five hundred soldiers gathered under trees; some sitting on camp stools or the ground, others standing, while the moon comes peeping through the leaves, shedding light and beauty on all around. Then, when the hymn is given out, to hear so many manly voices join in praise to the God of the universe, renders the service very solemn and impressive. This is truly a time and place to cause man to reflect on his latter end — not knowing at what moment he ma
versity, was the President, and Rev. Walborn Mooney, of the Tennessee Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was the Secretary. The proceedings of this Association Mr. Browning supposes were lost in the subsequent reverses of the army, and hence we are cut off from most reliable information concerning the progress of the revival. The seeds of truth were sown by such faithful laborers as Rev. M. B. DeWitt, chaplain of the 8th Tennessee, Rev. Mr. Weaver, of the 28th Tennessee, Rev. Timon Page, of the 52d Tennessee, and Rev. W. H. Browning, chaplain of Gen. Marcus Wright's brigade. In other portions of the army, under the preaching of Rev. S. M. Cherry, Rev. Messrs. Petway, Taylor, Henderson, and scores of other devoted and self-sacrificing ministers, the revival influence became deep and powerful. Rev. L. R. Redding, Methodist, of the Georgia Conference, M. E. Church, South, who labored as a missionary in this army, has furnished us an account of the work in his own and