The Southern Christian Advocate
thinks that there is at least one advantage for evangelical effort in the present aspect of affairs.
‘The only mitigating circumstance of a religious character that we find in this dreadful war, into which we have been forced, is found in what we believe to be the fact—that it has enhanced the religious sentiment in our people.
The sense of trust in Divine Providence is widespread.
We see it exhibited where we little thought to find it. Editors, who heretofore have manifested no great respect for religion, fiery soldiers who do not themselves serve God, writers who ordinarily would not be suspected of trusting in anything else than the “arm of flesh,” all acknowledge God's gracious dealings in the events of the few past months.
It is not unlikely that men have lately prayed to whom prayer has been heretofore unknown.
And as this feeling grows more general, as we trust it will, they who have kindred exposed, or who may lose their friends in the course of the war, may be led to earnest prayer in asking protection for others or consolation for themselves.’
In Colonel Ector
's regiment from Georgia
there are fourteen ministers: one Methodist, one Primitive Baptist
and twelve Missionary Baptists.
A correspondent of the North Carolina Presbyterian
states that after a recent sermon to the Third Regiment of North Carolina
State troops, near Aquia Creek, Virginia
, preached by a Methodist minister belonging to the regiment, some fifteen or twenty of the soldiers knelt to indicate anxiety for salvation.
A writer from the Second Palmetto Regiment to the Southern Christian Advocate
, says: ‘God's hand was in the great achievement, and I believe that the most irreligious man in our patriot army will frankly acknowledge the fact.
So evident was it, it is believed an improvement has since taken place in the morals of our troops.
At least, I can say as much for this regiment.
Whilst, during the campaign, we have occupied the advanced post, the post of honor and danger, and this for weeks, in the very face of the enemy, God has given us a grateful sense of security, and our religious services have gone on. Even while interrupted by the booming cannon and bursting shell, lying in our trenches, expecting every moment that the storm would break in all its fury upon us, we worshipped God.’
A correspondent of the Central Presbyterian
expresses the opinion that ‘every Southern Sabbath-school has one living ’