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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)
ers from the camp, or from men in position to see and know the state of things in the army, and among the people during these early days of the war. Some of these extracts illustrate several of my chapters, but I give them as they are. Rev. Dr. Joseph Walker thus writes from Richmond to the Religious Herald, under date of May 2, 1861: Messrs. Editors: I have never understood the compatableness of Christianity with war as I see it in the present struggle for Southern independence. Never ly are my personal acquaintances and friends, who have left (I hope only for a brief season) interesting families, whose hospitality I have often enjoyed. May God preserve these patriots, and return them at His good pleasure to their homes. Joseph Walker. Richmond, May 2, 1861. The North Carolina Presbyterian had, about this same date, the following editorial: The ministers of the Gospel of Peace throughout the South seem to be fully alive to the awful issue presented to us by the
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 10: revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg. (search)
, and as I thereby lost the use of my chapel, and the weather has been too inclement for outdoor exercises, I am endeavoring now to preach the Gospel from house to house by holding nightly prayer-meetings, alternating from hut to hut. They are exceedingly pleasant, and are not without fruit. Rev. Dr. Stiles reports to the Christian Observer that there are revivals of religion, or a state of promising preparation, amongst others, in the following brigades: Barksdale's, Stonewall, Lawton's, Walker's, Paxton's, Hoke's, Cobb's, Jones's, Posey's, Wilcox's and Kershaw's. The following letter gives a better account of the condition of things at the time I wrote it than I can give now, and so I insert it in full: camp near Hamilton's Crossing, April 10, 1863. Dear Brethren: I have no stirring news from the seat of war, but can furnish a few items which will be of interest to the lovers of Zion's prosperity. We have had, since my last, two meetings of the chaplains of our corps, wh
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 11: the great revival along the Rapidan. (search)
that, during our long inactivity, the Spirit of God has been working in our midst, and that many sinners have professed conversion, and many more have offered themselves as fit subjects for prayer. A glorious meeting was closed in this brigade (Walker's) about two weeks ago, having been exceedingly successful in its design; for more than thirty sinners appeared happily converted to God, through our Redeemer. Prayermeetings were held constantly from night to night, and we have cause to think tmanner, our prayers will be heard and answered, and that we will be sufficiently strengthened to overcome all temptations, and to go on our way rejoicing. Brother Anderson is now conducting a protracted meeting in the Fortieth Virginia Regiment (Walker's Brigade), with a bright prospect of happy results. Rev. Mr. Anderson has been an instrument in God's hand of doing great good, both in his own regiment (Fortieth Virginia) and in the Fifty-fifth Virginia. Baptist. Brethren Editors: . . .
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)
He fell on the body of his lifeless comrade, still clasping his Bible, even in death holding on to the Word of Life. Lieutenant J. P. Duncan fell at his post near Petersburg, Virginia. His last noble act was to distribute a package of tracts to his men on the subject of heaven. He stepped on a log in rear of his guns to look at the enemy's movements and was instantly killed. William Smith Patterson, of the Palmetto Sharpshooters, was a noble soldier of Christ and of his country. Colonel Walker, his commander, wrote to his mother: Your son was a gallant young man, and fell bravely doing his duty in the foremost ranks while engaging the enemy. He was never found lacking in his duty either as a soldier or Christian. He was shot through the body and died almost instantly. When I told her, says Dr. Whiteford Smith, the sad tidings, her first words were: Glory! glory! glory! The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. I know he is saf
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
do with them. At this time Brother Barrett was at home, but Brother Moore was present. I did all of the preaching that I could. At this time kept my command supplied with tracts, papers, etc. In August and September I spent some time with General Walker's Virginia Brigade, where souls were being converted. On one occasion, in August, 1863, I went down to Rapidan river with Brother Anderson, chaplain in General Walker's Virginia Brigade, to baptize. We met about 2,000 soldiers, besides manyGeneral Walker's Virginia Brigade, to baptize. We met about 2,000 soldiers, besides many citizens. He (Brother Anderson) went down into the water and baptized twelve. After he came out I opened service in our usual way by singing and prayer. Such music I never before heard. It sounded as though the heavenly host had come down to take part in our earthly worship. I went down into the water and baptized twenty-three. This state of feeling continued with but little change until about the 1st of December, 1863, at which time Thomas's Brigade was ordered to the Valley, below Staun
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Roster of chaplains, army of Northern Virginia. (search)
sion—Continued. Eleventh Florida. Rev. Mr. Little. Ninth Florida. Tenth Florida. Bonneaco's Battalion. Harris's Brigade. Twelfth Mississippi. C. H. Dobbs. Sixteenth Mississippi. A. A. Lomax. Nineteenth Mississippi. Rev. Mr. Duke; G. R. Morrison. Forty-eighth Mississippi. A. E. Garrison. Weisger's Brigade. Twelfth Virginia. S. V. Hoyle. Sixth Virginia. Sixteenth Virginia. Sixty-first Virginia. Hilary E. Hatcher. Forty-first Virginia. John W Pugh. Artillery Corps (General Walker). Pegram's Battalion. Rev. Mr. Rodman. Poague's Battalion. James Wheary. Cutt's Battalion. Garnett's Battalion. McIntosh's Battalion. Fourth Corps (General R. H. Anderson): Hoke's Division. Colquitt's Brigade. Nineteenth Georgia. A. J. Jarrell; W. H. C. Cone. Twenty-third Georgia. W. A. Dodge. Twenty-seventh Georgia. George S. Emory. Sixth Georgia. A. M. Thigpen. Twenty-eighth Georgia. A. H. McVay. Clingman's (North Carolina) Brigade, Martin's (North Carolina
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)
th for heaven. I wrote their mother and sisters of their last hours and resting place, dreading to receive a reply. But when the missive came it breathed so much sweetness out of woe and faith and hope in God and the reunion in heaven that I thanked God that there are such noble mothers to testify that God's grace is sufficient to sustain in the greatest trials on earth. The same day I looked upon Colonel Cook, Thirty-second Tennessee, who lay alone under a fly with a mortal wound. Colonel Walker, Third Tennessee, also is dying. Both of these brave men testify that they are resigned to death. How much good grew out of the great revival in their brigade a few weeks ago God only knows. Atlanta, July 20. Heavy artillery firing. Severe loss in the brigades of Featherston, Scott, Reynolds' Arkansas and Stephens' Georgia. General Stephens severely wounded. I talked with a soldier, Fifty-third Alabama Cavalry, horribly mangled. His parents not religious, and he has made no profe