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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 8: eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel. (search)
on on the men who, on that bleak December morning, held the town with such tenacity against Burnside's mighty hosts until Marse Robert had formed on the hills beyond his lines of Gray, against which the waves of Blue surged in vain. Soon we hear the familiar command, Break ranks, and immediately the streets are filled with soldiers eagerly running in a given direction. What does this mean? a stranger would inquire. Is Old John Robinson about to have a performance of his circus? Has Wyman, the great magician, come to town? Are the Negro Minstrels about to exhibit? What means this eager running? Ask one of the men, and he will scarcely pause as he replies: We are trying to get into the church before all of the seats are taken.. Yes! the house of God is the goal they seek, and long before the appointed hour the spacious Episcopal church, kindly tendered for the purpose by its rector, is filled—nay, packed—to its utmost capacity—lower floor, galleries, aisles, chancel, pul<