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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)
he would shield them from the vices of the camp and lead them into paths of righteousness. The man of God is interrupted by the shrill whistle of the iron horse—the train dashes up to the depot—all are soon aboard, and, amid tender farewells and suppressed sobs of anxious friends, and the waving of handkerchiefs and vociferous cheers by the vast crowd, those patriot-soldiers hurry forth at the bidding of their loved and honored Virginia. At Gordonsville they were met by companies from Augusta and Albemarle, and two companies of students from the University of Virginia, who marched forth from those classic shades to illustrate a bright page in the history of their Alma Mater. Orange, Culpeper and other counties along the route swelled their numbers as they rushed to the capture of Harper's Ferry and the defence of the border. The call of Virginia now echoes through the land—from seaboard to mountain-valley, from Alleghany to Chesapeake, from the Potomac to the North Carolin<
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 5: Bible and colportage work. (search)
presses in every great commercial centre were busy in throwing off religious reading of every description, and yet so great was the demand that the supply was unequal to it during the whole of the war. At Richmond, Raleigh, Columbia, Charleston, Augusta, Mobile, Macon, Atlanta, and other cities, good men labored day and night to give our gallant soldiers the bread of life; and still the cry from the army was, Send us more good books. At one period of the war the Baptist Board alone circulated as great, if not greater than at any former period. Rev. A. E. Dickinson, the general superintendent of this board, gives the following incidents illustrating the feeling of our people generally at the beginning of this work: When in Augusta, Georgia, some months ago, I made a public appeal in behalf of the soldiers then in Virginia. After the services were concluded a bright and beautiful little girl of four summers came up with a dime, and said, Tell my brother Johnnie howdie, and buy
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
ad here the young converts' prayer-meeting, the sunrise prayer-meeting, frequently preaching at noon, and always at night, except when providentially hindered. The Christian Association met usually on Saturday. The following papers were received weekly and distributed in the Twelfth: Central Presbyterian, 50 copies; North Carolina Presbyterian, 20 copies; Southern Presbyterian, 12 copies; Religious Herald, 20 copies; Christian Observer, 8 copies; Advocate, Richmond, 15 copies; Advocate, Augusta, 15 copies; Soldier's Visitor and Friend, each (semi-weekly) 20 copies. Number per week, 160. Besides these, about 10,000 pages of tracts and a circulating library of fifteen or twenty volumes. For months I often preached once every day, and sometimes twice. Two Bible-classes were kept up most of the time, and in almost every regiment there were organizations for reading the Bible aloud at stated periods. *There was but one revival, which began as above-stated and continued acc
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)
d. With 15,000 copies of the Army and Navy Herald I started for Augusta on the 13th and furnished papers to the soldiers on the trains andfreely to the soldiers at both places. Several days were spent in Augusta furnishing papers for the soldiers who were passing through the ciuest and the advice of the treasurer, Brother Burke, I remained in Augusta to aid in shipping a large supply of paper for the publications of to Camak. Learning that Lieutenant-General S. D. Lee would leave Augusta on the 18th for Charlotte, North Carolina, I collected all my supp Camp organization, with a liberal supply, and other troops around Augusta and on the railroads, I had 16,000 papers to bring through on the our wagon train was passing through. At Camp Organization, near Augusta, I preached twice on fast day to very large, attentive audiences; re at Camp Direction, at Hamburg, S. C., across the river from Augusta, Georgia. There I met Chaplains Brown, Forty-sixth Georgia, and Daniel