Now, mark the change.
In that company, once noted for wickedness, prayer-meetings were held every night.
Among its members are some active, energetic Christians, and some happy converts have been made there.
How responsible the position of an officer.’
A correspondent of the Louisville Courier
writes from Virginia
: ‘To-day the Second Brigade, to which we are attached, was mustered for Divine service.
The occasion reminded me more of a Baptist Association gathering than anything I have seen for a long time.
A rustic pulpit was erected beneath the shade of the forest trees, and about the clergyman was gathered a force of over three thousand men. The good old songs of Zion
caused the leaves to quiver with a poetic tremulousness, and the very air was redolent with heartfelt prayer and praise.
Our fighting chaplain, Rev. H. A. Tupper
, of the Ninth Georgia, a chaplain in the Confederate army and a Baptist minister at home, a lover and defender of civil and religious liberty everywhere, preached us a very able discourse from the advice of Eli to Joshua: “Be ye men of good courage.”
It was no war philippic, but an earnest, heartfelt, Christian discourse.’
A notice of a revival, in the Nashville Christian Gazette
, says: ‘Several volunteers were anxiously inquiring the way of life and salvation, and one or two of them embraced religion.’
A second notice: ‘Several members of Captain Bankhead
's company, Fifteenth Regiment, Alabama Volunteers, came out on the Lord
A third: ‘Among the number converted were eight noble-hearted men who had volunteered to defend the liberties of their country.
You may imagine the lovely scene which then transpired: fathers and mothers embracing their noble boys, exclaiming, with hearts all illumed by heavenly love, “Now we can give you up better satisfied.”
Rev. Dr. Cross
writes from the Walker Legion
: ‘The other day I visited General Holmes
at his quarters.
Seeing a pistol in my belt, he said: “What!
Are you a soldier as well as a chaplain?”
“A soldier of Christ
, general,” I replied.
“Ah,” said he, “that is the noblest soldiership!
Follow Him closely, serve Him faithfully; there is no way in which you can do so much for your country.
We have plenty of men to fight, but not half enough to pray.
May we never forget our dependence upon the Divine succor.”
These remarks were characteristic.
The general is a godly man, and frequently adverts to these matters in ’