A writer in the Southern Presbyterian says
: ‘When Lincoln
's war-cry rang along our valleys and our mountains, the students of this college, with their Greek
professor for their captain, exchanged those classic walls for the tented field.
On the day of the Manassas
battle, they were forty-five in number—of these five fell slain upon the field, two more were mortally wounded, and others slightly.
About the same time others died from disease.
Thus, in one vacation, this college has cheerfully sacrificed one-fifth of its fighting force in defence of its country.’
Of the North Carolina soldiers now in Virginia, some thirty were baptized recently by Rev. W. F. Broaddus, D. D., of Fredericksburg, and six by Brother Bagby, chaplain of the Fortieth Virginia Regiment.
A correspondent writes to the Southern Churchman
from Headquarters Artillery, Camp Pendleton, near Centreville
: ‘Our chapel is completed, and last Sunday was well filled.
preached on prayer, a most useful sermon.
In the afternoon a general prayer-meeting was held.
There are many pious and influential Christian men in this corps, who I trust will make their lives tell powerfully for Christ
and His religion.
Many of God's people enjoy religion now as they never did before, because the Holy Spirit
draws manifestly near, and is preparing, I hope, a great blessing for us. Some of the officers pray with their men at morning roll-call; others meet with them in the cabin at night.
Doubt not but, when the fierce struggle for liberty and life is renewed upon this famous ground, many will go forth from the closet of communion with God, strengthened from on high.
The vices which, alas, too commonly hang upon our armies, such as Sabbath-breaking, profanity, drunkenness and gambling, are, I can with candor and gratitude say, the exception in this corps.’
A soldier writes as follows:
I belonged to a Virginia regiment, engaged in active service in the mountains, far away from friends and home.
I was surrounded by wicked and thoughtless companions, who spent their time in gaming, drinking, and frivolous conversations.
I had, in by-gone years, been impressed with the necessity and importance of religion, but my serious impressions were gone, and I was now ashamed to acknowledge they had ever existed.
Early Sabbath morning I was sent out with a scouting party many miles from camp, and, ere we were aware of their approach, we were surrounded