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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)
ipe harvest stands waiting. Come, brother, thrust in your sickle, and, by God's blessing, you shall reap golden sheaves that shall be your rejoicing in time and eternity. We made it a rule to preach at least once every day during this period, and many of us for weeks together averaged two sermons a day to congregations of from one to three thousand listeners. I remember that at one and the same time I had the general conduct of four protracted meetings in four brigades (Gordon's Georgia, Hays's Louisiana, Hoke's North Carolina, and Smith's Virginia), and attended a service in each every day; and that on several occasions I baptized two, three and four times (at different points) without changing my clothes. (The plain truth was that I had only one change, and considered myself fortunate in having that.) As illustrating how men would come out to preaching under difficulties, one of the chaplains reported that one Sunday in the early winter of 1863 there came a fall of snow, whi
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 11: the great revival along the Rapidan. (search)
neral conduct of revival meetings in Hoke's North Carolina Brigade, Gordon's Georgia Brigade, and Hays's Louisiana Brigade—having services at different hours and providing other preachers as I was abls' salvation, and many were rejoicing in hope of reconciliation to God through His Son Jesus. In Hays's Brigade, in which there is no Protestant chaplain, in a little prayer-meeting, five persons hadbeen some twenty-five who have professed conversion in the battalion this fall. The revival in Hays's Brigade was one of very great power and happiest results, and originated under circumstances oft determined to do something for the spiritual good of his comrades. It is no harm to say that Hays' Brigade, though as gallant fellows as ever kept step to the music of Dixie, were noted for their November, 1863, revivals were reported in Smith's Virginia, Gordon's Georgia, Mahone's Virginia, Hays's Louisiana, Wright's Georgia, Wilcox's Alabama, Posey's Mississippi, Ramseur's North Carolina, D
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)
ommunity which I have visited. And certainly the young converts, while in camp, met admirably all of the tests of genuine conversion. Let me cull only a few illustrations from a large mass of material in my possession. I remember one night in Hays's Louisiana Brigade one of the most gallant, popular and influential captains in the command professed conversion, and a few minutes afterwards I whispered to him, while we were singing, that I should call on him to lead in prayer as soon as we finto the fold during Brother J. Wm. Jones's meetings at Mt. Pisgah church. I think it worth a lifetime of hardship to prepare, under God, one of our dear defenders thus to die. I find Winn's name on the list of converts in that great revival in Hays's Brigade, of which I have spoken, and he is but one of many who went from those precious seasons to enter upon more glorious service in the brighter, better land, beyond the smiling and the weeping. A writer who visited our wounded on a field