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[298] marching orders, but Brother Owen persisted that ‘the Lord would not let them leave while the interest in the meeting continued so deep.’ The next morning the orders were countermanded, and the meeting is still progressing—claiming the warm sympathies and fervent prayers of all who love to see the progress of the Master's cause. My brigade moved its camp about ten days ago, and as I thereby lost the use of my chapel, and the weather has been too inclement for outdoor exercises, I am endeavoring now to ‘preach the Gospel from house to house’ by holding nightly prayer-meetings, alternating from hut to hut. They are exceedingly pleasant, and are not without fruit.

Rev. Dr. Stiles reports to the Christian Observer that ‘there are revivals of religion, or a state of promising preparation, amongst others, in the following brigades: Barksdale's, Stonewall, Lawton's, Walker's, Paxton's, Hoke's, Cobb's, Jones's, Posey's, Wilcox's and Kershaw's.’

The following letter gives a better account of the condition of things at the time I wrote it than I can give now, and so I insert it in full:

camp near Hamilton's Crossing, April 10, 1863.
Dear Brethren: I have no “stirring news from the seat of war,” but can furnish a few items which will be of interest to the lovers of Zion's prosperity. We have had, since my last, two meetings of the chaplains of our corps, which were even more interesting than the first. The ‘appeal to the Churches’ (written by Rev. B. T. Lacy, as chairman of the committee) was read, cordially approved and adopted, after a few unimportant alterations. A “committee of correspondence,” consisting of two chaplains from each division of the corps, and representing the several denominations, was raised for the purpose of facilitating the introduction of chaplains into the destitute regiments, and the general subject of the scarcity of chaplains was again freely remarked on. It was agreed that each one would aid the committee in the discharge of their duties by every means in his power, and that the appointment of the committee did not at all release individuals from the discharge of their duty in the premises. And it was understood that the object of the committee was not to assume any dictatorial power in the matter, but merely to facilitate the supplying of chaplains for the vacant regiments, by finding suitable men and obtaining their appointments by the


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