J. W. Tucker, Methodist, and one of the editors of this paper have attached themselves to the Home Guard, a company organized in this city, under the command of Senator Bragg, for the defence of our homes.
The other editor of this journal is aiding in forming a similar company near his residence in the country.
Rev. Willis L. Miller, formerly one of the editors of the North Carolina Presbyterian, is the captain of the Thomasville Rifles, which company has offered its services to the State.’
A letter from Richmond, Virginia, states that the Rev. George Woodbridge, D. D., pastor of the Monumental (P. E.) Church, and a graduate of West Point, has been busily engaged for several nights drilling two volunteer companies.
The Rev. Dr. Wilmer, pastor of the Emanuel Church, near Richmond, is the captain of a military company.
The Rev. Moses Hoge, D. D., is a member of the Home Guard.
Rev. Dr. A. E. Dickinson
, who had been for several years superintendent of the Virginia
Baptist colportage board, and who in the early days of the war saw the necessity for this work, and promptly sent his band of trained colporters to the army and the hospitals, thus writes in the Religious Herald
There never was a more inviting field for colportage effort than that now afforded by the large armies that are being stationed at various points in this State.
In a few hours a colporter may place a tract in the hands of hundreds of our most promising young men, may urge upon them the claims of the Gospel, and in many ways do them good.
Who can calculate the amount of good that may be done by placing the life of Havelock, or of Captain Vicars, or of Colonel Gardner, in the hands of an ambitious young man. The greater portion of the soldier's time is now occupied by the duties of his profession.
How many leisure hours may be rescued from scenes of vice and turned to good account by having a colporter in every regiment?
A large proportion of the volunteers are professors of religion.
In a company of seventy-five we found twelve Baptists, and were told of another company in which there were forty.
The flower of our churches are enlisted for this struggle, and it is sad to think of how many temptations will beset them, and of the probability that many will be led into the paths of vice, and have their Christian character wrecked.
Of what immense value would a colporter be to this class in affording them good books and collecting them in prayer-meetings.