A reminiscence of an official interview with General R. E. Lee.
In a lot of old war newspapers sent the other day to the office of the Society, I found an order which recalled one of the most pleasant interviews I ever had with our grand old chief--General Lee
--and which I have long searched for in vain, as I desired to preserve it.
At one of the meetings of our Chaplains' Association, held at Orange Courthouse, Rev. B. T. Lacy
and myself were appointed a committee to interview General Lee
in reference to the custom of some officers of using the Sabbath for drills and parades, and of choosing such hours for these exercises as to interfere very seriously with the religious services of the day.
The old hero received us very kindly, entered fully into the spirit of our mission, and as the result of the interview issued the following order:
I have a very vivid recollection of the interest he manifested in what we told him of the great revival which was making well nigh every camp vocal with the praises of God, and of the emphatic expressions of delight to which he gave utterance.
And when Dr. Lacy
said to him, “General, the chaplains of this army have a warm affection for you personally, and a deep interest in your welfare, and many of their most fervent prayers are offered in your behalf,” his face flushed, his eyes were moistened, and with deep emotion he replied, “I heartily thank them for that.
And I can only say that I am a poor sinner, trusting in Christ
alone for salvation, and needing all of the prayers they can offer for me.”
At our invitation he afterwards attended several meetings of our Chaplains' Association, and manifested the liveliest interest in the proceedings.