around, and our labors in the crowded hospitals were a fit preparation for the grand work which followed when we reached the line of the Rapidan, and the deep interest shown by the soldiers was a prophecy of the ‘season of refreshing from the presence of the Lord’ which was just ahead of us. ‘A writer in the Central Presbyterian mentions a revival progressing in the Rockbridge Artillery, with twenty-four additions to various churches on a profession of faith. He says: “Many ascribe the first turnings of their attention to the subject to the earnest, prayerful letters from home, urging them to turn to Christ.” Remember this, Christian, when you write next to your friends in camp; and so write that God may bless your letters; and ask Him to do so. A revival is in progress in Corse's Brigade, Pickett's Division, Army of Northern Virginia, and about 200 have shared in the outpouring of God's Spirit.’ ‘Rev. S. W. Howerton, chaplain of the Fifteenth North Carolinia Regiment, reports seventy hopeful conversions and many anxious inquirers in it.. “Every company has prayers, nightly, immediately after roll-call, and nearly all attend and are respectful; the officers, in some instances, conducting the exercises and leading in prayer.” —Rev. G. W. Camp, army missionary at Kingston, North Carolina, baptized five converts, August 2, in the river Neuse.’ The special correspondent of the Richmond Enquirer, under date August 12, writes: ‘Yesterday the chaplains of the Second and Third Corps held their regular meeting, and after a very excellent sermon from Rev. B. T. Lacy, formerly of Fredericksburg, most interesting reports were made, showing that a high state of religious feeling pervades these two corps. General Ewell was present at the meeting, and manifested much interest in the proceedings.’ Rev. John J. Hyman writes, from Orange: ‘We are holding a protracted meeting of very great interest in Thomas's Brigade. Large numbers are seeking the Saviour, and there are many who are asking for tracts and hymn-books. If you can spare an army missionary to us, he would be gladly welcomed. We would say to such an one, “Come over and help us.” ’ Rev. J. H. Harris writes, from Mercer county, Virginia: ‘I feel much encouraged by the anxiety which is manifested by the troops for the printed page. They press around me so eagerly as soon as the benediction is pronounced, and beg for tracts and ’
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 : religious elements in the army.
Chapter 2 : influence of Christian officers.
Chapter 3 : influence of Christian officers—continued.
Chapter 4 : influence of Christian officers—concluded.
Chapter 5 : Bible and colportage work.
Chapter 6 : hospital work.
Chapter 7 : work of the chaplains and missionaries.
Chapter 8 : eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel .
Chapter 9 : State of religion in 1861 - 62 .
Chapter 10 : revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg .
Chapter 11 : the great revival along the Rapidan .
Chapter 12 : progress of the work in 1864 - 65 .
Chapter 13 : results of the work and proofs of its genuineness
Appendix: letters from our army workers.
Appendix no. 2 : the work of grace in other armies of the Confederacy .
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