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[286] despite the varied temptations of camp-life, are usually thankful for a kind word of advice, whether spoken or written.


Captain Thos. J. Kirkpatrick writes, from the Army of the Potomac, to the Central Presbyterian, that within three weeks between forty and fifty members of his company have been hopefully converted, and that out of the whole number in it (115), there is hardly a single man who is not a professor of faith in Jesus, or in some degree an inquirer for the way of life. He states also that ‘some seventeen have been baptized, not into communion with any particular denomination, but with Christ's people.’

The revival alluded to by Captain Kirkpatrick was one of the most powerful enjoyed in the army at this time. The meetings were conducted by Rev. Hugh Roy Scott, an Episcopal clergyman of King George county, who described the work of grace in a tract which was published by the ‘Evangelical Tract Society,’ of Petersburg, and which contains so many details of interest that I insert it in full, as follows:

Camp Nineveh.

By Rev. Hugh Roy Scott.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Zech. IV. 6.

During the month of October, 1862, it was my privilege to witness one of the most remarkable spiritual awakenings that has ever occurred in this country.

I joined our army near Winchester, just as it returned from Maryland, after the battle of Sharpsburg, for the purpose of spending a few weeks with friends, and to avail myself of an opportunity to preach the Gospel to our soldiers. For four months our brave troops had been marching and fighting. About one dozen terrible battles had been fought, and several hundred miles of wearisome marching, under a burning summer's sun, had been endured. During this period nearly all religious services had been necessarily suspended. But their minds had been most forcibly turned to the subject by the many sad scenes through which they had passed. They had seen field after field strewn with their dead and dying comrades. This, and the uncertainty

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