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[315] large proportion of these soldiers are deeply interested in the subject of religion. Any experienced preacher would see it, from the way they listen to preaching; and in private, not only are all respectful, but many cordially welcome religious conversation, and avow, without the slightest hesitation, their desire to be Christians.

The convalescent camp.

The Yankees have, at various times, obtained materials for furnishing their camp from the once beautiful residence of Senator Mason, on the edge of town, and there is now nothing left but some half demolished walls. A camp, for convalescent soldiers on their way to the army, was established near there last week, and I went out to preach on Tuesday morning. Some 200 men assembled under the trees in what was Mr. Mason's yard, and it was moving to see with what fixed attention they listened. Men were there from almost every State in the Confederacy, but we had a common interest in God's worship and word. At the close of the sermon, some twenty or twenty-five readily knelt for special prayer. My appointments here having closed on Saturday, I intended to go down to Bunker Hill on Monday, and get into the army proper; but it became so clear that they were about to be in rapid motion, that I saw there would be no opportunity to preach just now, and I should simply be in the way. So I propose to fall back to Charlottesville, and wait until the army is quiet again. By the way, when at the camp of Corse's Brigade the other day, Major C. and Lieutenant F. of the Fifteenth Virginia, two Baptist brethren whom I had not met before, made me a present of a hat, which cost them $20 here, and would have cost twice as much in Richmond. I take this as a token that your army evangelists will not lack for friends. I have been treated with great kindness by Rev. Messrs. Graham and Dosh, and Rev. Dr. Boyd, pastors in Winchester, and have received much pleasure and valuable aid in the common work from the presence here of my cherished friend, Rev. J. Wm. Jones, chaplain Thirteenth Virginia, who is surely one of the most useful men in the service.

Very truly yours,


The meetings which we held in Winchester and in the camps


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