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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)
g my remarks, asked whether it was hooks I was speaking of. I told him, Yes, hooks to catch men; and asked him if he had been caught. He told me he was a Christian. . . . . . The following is from the pen of the venerable and beloved Rev. Dr. Robert Ryland, so long president of Richmond College, and is given in full, as illustrating the views and feelings of one of our noblest Christian ministers—one of our most widely known and honored representative Southern men—in writing in the early da volunteers to their loved homes. All the children speak often of brother, and hear your letters read with intense interest. That God Almighty may be your shield and your exceeding great reward is the constant prayer of your loving father. Ro. Ryland. We clip, without comment, from files of religious newspapers, the following items as illustrating the subject of this chapter, as well as other phases of soldier-life in the early days of the war. Hon. J. L. M. Curry, in a letter publ
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 5: Bible and colportage work. (search)
made some statements, giving an account of what had been effected by colportage labors among the soldiers. Rev. Robert Ryland, D. D., colporter for the hospitals of this city gave a deeply interesting narrative of his labors. He had found the his soul. The tracts are very kindly received and read with soul-saving interest by many. The following report of Dr. R. Ryland's labors will be read with interest.—A. E. D. With an interruption of ten days sickness, and a short trip to Lyny one for several weeks. It seems to me that you would be a suitable person to attend to this matter. Yours, etc., R. Ryland. At the late anniversary meeting of one of our district associations Dr. R. Ryland made the following remarks: I Dr. R. Ryland made the following remarks: I have, from almost the beginning of the war, been laboring as colporter in the hospitals of Richmond, and my impression is that the results of this work are infinitely greater and more glorious than many believe. As to myself, every week's observati
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 6: hospital work. (search)
editors of the Religious Herald have given me some two hundred papers for distribution, all which have been eagerly sought by the soldiers. The editors of the two Presbyterian papers have given me each a bundle, and I shall call on the Methodist paper soon for a similar favor. I have also received and disbursed Sunday pamphlets, magazines and books of a miscellaneous character. In fine, the work is full of encouragement, and worthy of far more piety, learning and talents than I possess. R. Ryland. Rev. J. C. Hiden, post chaplain, writes to us from Charlottesville: In a stay of nearly a month, I have not heard three oaths, nor seen but one man under the influence of intoxicating liquor. We have preaching or prayer-meeting almost every day, and the attendance is large, and there is evidently considerable interest among the men. Many of them want Testaments and hymn-books, and eagerly seek after them, and all seem approachable on the subject of religion. The Richmond Dispatch,
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 10: revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg. (search)
e consideration of all chaplains who are stationed at hospitals. Brother C. F. Fry is laboring here, in the employment of our board, and is doing a vast amount of good. We need at least a hundred more to act as colporters in the camps and hospitals. Have we earnest-hearted men who are ready to enter this service, constrained by love to Christ and to souls? I am persuaded that the post of colporter in the army is one worthy of our very best ministers. At least this is the opinion of Rev. Ro. Ryland, who for a year has been giving himself to the work. A. E. D. I have recently closed a protracted meeting in my regiment, which resulted in about ten conversions. F. Mccarthy, Chaplain Seventh Virginia Regiment. A correspondent of one of our exchanges says: I have never heard tenderer, more fervent or more importunate prayers, than in the tent, or rough bivouac, or in the woods. Elder A. B. Campbell, chaplain of the Ninth Georgia Regiment, writes from camp near Orange Court
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 11: the great revival along the Rapidan. (search)
rdonsville, whither a part of it had gone previously. Brother Howerton is a chaplain in this brigade. I also spent a week with Wofford's Brigade early in September. Here I found only one chaplain, Rev. Mr. Flinn, of the Presbyterian Church. I was received cordially and treated affectionately, by both officers and men of all these brigades. During each visit I was impressed with the conviction, that the army is an inviting field of labor, and is always ready to welcome the evangelist. R. Ryland. camp near Orange Court House, October 7. The work of the Lord is still on the increase in this army. In every direction meetings are in progress, at which hundreds are anxiously inquiring after the Saviour of sinners. Even where it has been deemed best to suspend the regular series of services prayer-meetings are held several times a day, conducted for the most part by those who have themselves recently chosen the service of God. These young converts sing, pray and exhort, and th
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Roster of chaplains, army of Northern Virginia. (search)
rdeau. Holcombe Legion. A. W. Moore. Artillery Corps (Colonel H. P. Jones). No list obtainable. Post-chaplains at Petersburg. Rev. Thomas Hume, Jr.; Rev. W. M. Young; Rev. J. B. Hardwicke; Rev. T. Hume, Sr.; Rev. L. C. Vass; and the pastors of the different churches, and a number of visiting ministers, missionaries, and colporteurs rendered invaluable service. Post-chaplains at Richmond. These, so far as I can obtain the list, were: Rev. Dr. James B. Taylor, Sr.; Rev. Robert Ryland, D. D.; Rev. Wm. Harrison Williams; Rev. Dr. W. W. Bennett; Rev. J. E. Martin, and Rev. J. T. Carpenter. The pastors of Richmond were practically chaplains all through the war, and were untiring in their self-sacrificing labors. I recall the following: Rev. Dr. J. L. Burrows, of the First Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. J. B. Jeter, of the Grace Street Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. D. Shaver, and Rev. Dr. L. W. Seeley, of the Second Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. J. B. Solomon, of Leigh Street Baptist