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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)
ed through the breast. Tell my sister, said he, I die happy on the battle-field, in defence of my country; and with these words on his lips—his dying message to his idolized, only sister—his pure spirit ascended to God. James Chalmers, of Halifax county, who fell on the outpost and died several days after at Fairfax Court House, is thus spoken of by an intimate friend: He possessed all the higher attributes of a Christian warrior, with hand on hilt and eye on heaven, fighting at once utry. Take Him as your great example, remembering that there is no happiness save in a life of virtue. With these beautiful words trembling on his lips, he closed his eyes, and the brave young spirit was gone. Captain Patrick H. Clark, of Halifax county, fell at the post of duty, stricken by disease after passing unscathed through shot and shell; and the venerable Bishop Johns, of the Episcopal Church, thus spoke of him: Other appropriate obituaries have borne truthful testimony to the ma
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
y-eighth Virginia. Chesterfield, March 22, 1867. Dear Brother Jones: Before going into details, allow me to state that I was appointed chaplain of the Thirty-eighth Virginia Infantry June 9, 1863, and remained with it to the surrender. (1.) I know very little about the early history of my regiment. We had a history of our regiment (and also one of our brigade) written, but have heard nothing of it since the close of the war. This regiment was composed of men from Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties, Virginia. It started from Danville in the spring of 1861, under the command of Colonel E. C. Edmunds. It was connected with several brigades. When I joined it, it was attached to Armistead's Brigade, Pickett's Division, First Corps, and it continued in this position to the surrender, under different commanders. General Armistead was killed at Gettysburg. Our next general was Barton; then George H. Steuart, of Maryland, who remained with it till the surrender.