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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)
ks unposted, the lawyer his brief unargued, the physician his patient unattended, the professor his chair unfilled, the student his classes, and the preacher his pulpit, and there rush to our northern frontier, not Hessian or Milesian mercenaries, not men bought up for so much bounty money, but the wealth, the intelligence, the refinement and culture, the virtue and patriotism, the very flower of our Southern youth and manhood. Thus was formed what was afterwards called the Army of Northern Virginia—the noblest army (I hesitate not calmly to affirm, after the lapse of years) that ever marched under any banner or fought for any cause in all the tide of time. But I do not propose, in this volume, to attempt even a sketch of the military exploits of this noble army of heroes. I revert rather to another and far different scene from the one I have sketched. Over a year has rolled by, and that fair-haired, rosy-cheeked boy, mother's darling, of April, 1861—now a bronzed veteran of
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 2: influence of Christian officers. (search)
r fields, polluted our altars and violated the sanctity of our homes. Around our capital they gathered their forces, and, with boasting threats, claimed it as already their prize. The brave troops which rallied to its defence have extinguished these vain hopes, and under the guidance of the same Almighty hand, have scattered our enemies and driven them back in dismay. Uniting these defeated forces and the various armies which had been ravaging our coasts with the army of invasion in Northern Virginia, our enemies have renewed their attempts to subjugate us at the very place where their first effort was defeated, and the vengeance of retributive justice has overtaken the entire host in a second and complete overthrow. To this signal success accorded to our arms in the East has been graciously added another equally brilliant in the West. On the very day on which our forces were led to victory on the plains of Manassas, in Virginia, the same Almighty arm assisted us to overcome our
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 10: revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg. (search)
on with the regimental chaplains. There have been about twenty-five conversions, and the meeting closed with about the same number of mourners at the anxious seat. We did not experience such blessings as have descended in other parts of the army, but have abundant reason for gratitude, and to thank God and take courage. About thirteen of these conversions were in my regiment. F. McCarthy, Chaplain Seventh Virginia Infantry. The chaplain of the Second Georgia Battalion, Army of Northern Virginia, writes, to the Southern Christian Advocate: The late battles and the recent glorious victory have tended greatly to effect a moral reformation in the army. Many of the soldiers in the hour of danger formed good resolutions, which I am happy to state, they have not forgotten in this time of comparative safety. We have been having some delightful refreshings from the Lord. The glorious work is going on throughout the entire brigade. Chaplain J. M. Cline states, in North Carolina C
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)
rges, specifications, and the orders of General Dix for his execution. Beall, little dreaming of the test to which he is to be subjected, rises respectfully when the reading is commenced. But finding that, instead of the last and briefest order for his execution, the whole prolix and unsoldierly pronunciamento of General Dix is to be gone through with, he deliberately draws up a chair with his foot, and resumes his seat. When he hears himself designated as a citizen of the insurgent State of Virginia, his smile grows intensely sad and significant. He sees now the men before him no longer as his own executioners only, but as the executioners of a sovereign State—his own beloved Virginia; and he smiles not in derision, but in protest and remonstrance. At the point where the general denounces his heroic attempt to rescue three thousand fellow-soldiers as piracy, he again smiles; but when he is accused, as a guerilla, of attempting to destroy the lives and property of peaceable and u
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
brigades than my own, and converted under the ministry of other men. The Lord bless you in your good work, Yours fraternally, J. J. D. Renfroe. From Captain M. M. Jones, united States army. city of Utica, New York, January 29, 1867. J. Wm. Jones: Dear Sir: Being a subscriber to the Richmond Religious Herald, I read your card of the 17th instant, and for some reason hardly describable am disposed to write you. I have a notion that a religious history of your Army Northern Virginia will be a highly interesting and useful book. My personal intercourse with the men (a few of them) who composed that army impressed my mind with the fact that religious interests were much better and more generally attended to than in some armies I have seen. As a prisoner it became a necessity for me to march from Second Bull Run battle-field to Richmond, and, believing that I would gain nothing by keeping mum to those whose duty it was, first, to prevent my running away, a matter