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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)
f Christ, and were buried with Christ in baptism by your correspondent in the fair waters leading from the Potomac. Visits from our brethren in the ministry to this portion of our army will be gratifying and no doubt be hailed with pleasure by them. While they need shoes, coats and all the necessaries for bodily comfort, they also need spiritual food. May God pour out His Spirit upon our soldiers, and scores become the subjects of His salvation! R. W. C. Rev. Mr. Hopkins, of Martinsburg, Virginia, sends $5.00 to be appropriated to the purchase of tracts for Captain Robert White's company, Thirteenth Regiment, Virginia Volunteers. It is a thank-offering from a widowed mother, whose son died of fever at Winchester, contracted at Manassas. Up to the time of leaving home he had not made a profession of faith in Christ, although she had long dedicated him to God's service in the ministry. But her cause of gratitude now is, that during his camp life he evinced so much devotion t
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)
im still closer to the Cross. At length the eyes opened again: Tell my mother that I was brave; that I never flinched a bit. I have before quoted from the admirable book of Dr. John L. Johnson—the University of Virginia Memorial—and I shall now cull from it some of the many dying utterances of Our Fallen Alumni, which beautifully and touchingly show the reality of the profession of faith in Christ which so large a proportion of these noble men made. Holmes and Tucker Conrad, of Martinsburg, were my friends at the university, and I could add my emphatic testimony to their humble, earnest, Christian character. They fell in the thickest of the fight at First Manassas, fighting side by side and behaving with most conspicuous gallantry, and were afterwards found clasped in each other's arms. The appropriate epitaph on their tomb tells the touching story of their lives and death: Holmes Addison Conrad Henry Tucker Conrad Christian brothers, Lie buried here, side by side, as the
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
ision. Charlestown, West Virginia, March 22, 1867. Dear Brother Jones: Upon reflection I find myself so often the theme of my remark that I have determined to waive modesty with you and write a memorial of my own operations as my part of the history of religion in the Stonewall Brigade —as these notes are only for your eyes, I may be more pardonable, and more candid. My commission as chaplain Second Virginia Infantry dates from May 3, 1862. Exiled voluntarily from my home in Martinsburg, I sought an entrance into the army; but the low repute in which I had discovered the chaplaincy was held, deterred me from seeking an appointment for some time. The field-officers of Second Virginia directed Adjutant R. W. Hunter to invite me to their command, which I overtook between McDowell and Franklin. I then learned that application had been forwarded for my commission, which resulted as above-mentioned. The brigade under Brigadier-General Charles S. Winder was composed of fiv