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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)
n's equipment that he should carry in his knapsack a copy of God's word. All of our evangelical denominations were well represented in the rank and file of our army, and many of our preachers felt it their duty to go to the front, accompanied by the very flower of their young men. Of the first four companies from Georgia to arrive in Virginia, three of the captains were earnest, Christian men, and fifty of one of the companies were members of the same church. A regiment, stationed near Portsmouth in June, 1861, was reported to contain 400 of the same denomination, and another regiment had in its ranks five ministers of the gospel. I well remember that the first time I ever saw the famous old Rockbridge Artillery—on the 4th of July, 1861, when we were drawn up in line of battle at Darksville, in the lower Valley of Virginia, expecting an attack from General Patterson—it contained seven Masters of Arts of the University of Virginia, fortytwo other college graduates, nineteen theolog
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 5: Bible and colportage work. (search)
t the latter. I trust that all friends of the Bible will respond liberally to the call made, and may the blessing of God attend the enterprise. E. C. Rev. W. J. W. Crowder, who did so noble a work in printing and circulating tracts, gives the following statement concerning his work: Messrs. Editors: I hope that a few facts about colportage among the soldiers will not be unacceptable to your readers. Though I have been acting as agent for the American Tract Society in Norfolk, Portsmouth and the vicinity seven years, my labors have never been so blessed as from the 19th of April to the present time. I have distributed $300 worth of Bibles and tracts, and in all instances they have been gladly received by both religious and irreligious. Since June 1st, under the approval of all the pastors of this city, we have reprinted especially for the soldiers over 81,000 pages of each of the following appropriate tracts: A voice from heaven; Don't put it off; All-sufficiency of Ch
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
sburg our colonel made a public profession of religion. He hoped that he had been converted some months before. He aided me much in my work, gave me every encouragement. I trust that he is a truly pious man. His Bible was daily read, I believe, and often he sought religious conversation with me. On one occasion, as I was sitting on a log meditating, he came and sat down by me, and said: Tell me something good. We had some very good Christians in our regiment. One named Bailey, from Portsmouth, assisted me by his prayers. He fell dead at the battle of Drewry's Bluff, and lay on his back with a sweet, happy smile on his face as it looked heavenward. In our brigade there was but one regiment which had no chaplain, and I think there was more open wickedness in that than in all the others combined. On one occasion, as I passed through my regiment distributing tracts, Sunday morning before preaching, I found all behaving well, not an oath, no cards nor any open violation of th
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix no. 2: the work of grace in other armies of the Confederacy. (search)
s at noon, and boxes of nick-nacks come promptly when our friends start them. All the officers here (and there are about 600) seem to be in good health and spirits. The general health of all on the Island is good, considering the number of privates (6,000) confined here. All seem to enjoy themselves; and, altogether, there are worse prisons than Fort Delaware. We have a large lot to play in. We have here in our barracks three ministers—Rev. Dr. Handy, of the Presbyterian Church of Portsmouth, Virginia; and Captain Harris, of Georgia, and Captain Samford, of Texas, local Methodist preachers. A revival of religion has been in progress for two weeks—17 converts, many backsliders reclaimed, and a refreshing season to old professors, numbering 150 reported names. These are among the results of the revival. Rev. Dr. Kavanaugh reports over 500 conversions in two brigades in the Southwest. He says in his report: Wicked men come into the congregation, or into the outskirts of i