ue presented to us by the Northern people, who are prepared to invade our homes, and they are meeting it like men who have as much at stake as others.
Reference was made last week to the fact that there were three ministers in one of the companies of Home Guards formed in this place.
In the other company there are two ministers.
The last North Carolina Christian Advocate, referring to this subject, says: The Rev. Messrs. Atkinson, Presbyterian; Fitzgerald and Smedes, Episcopal; James and Skinner, Baptist; J. W. Tucker, Methodist, and one of the editors of this paper have attached themselves to the Home Guard, a company organized in this city, under the command of Senator Bragg, for the defence of our homes.
The other editor of this journal is aiding in forming a similar company near his residence in the country.
Rev. Willis L. Miller, formerly one of the editors of the North Carolina Presbyterian, is the captain of the Thomasville Rifles, which company has offered its services t
least one colporter.
A poor, sick soldier, fifty-four years of age, was deeply affected by my visit to his couch and exclaimed, Thank God, a minister has come to pray with me.
Oh, I assure you, that to go to these sick men and to read to them the promises of the Gospel, and to invoke upon them the blessing of God, is the next thing to a visit of an angel.
It relieves them from the sad gloom of the sick-room, and sends sunshine into their sorrowing hearts—the sunshine of heaven.
Rev. J. G. Skinner, Manassas: I have met with very great success during the past month.
There is a great demand for reading matter among the soldiers.
If you have any tracts, do send them, for I assure you that there never was a time nor a place where such things were more needed than here.
I have been preaching and holding prayer-meetings whenever an opportunity presented itself.
Rev. J. B. Taylor, Jr., Winchester: This morning I went through one hospital to the couch of every man. They thankfully