Messrs. Editors: The meeting held with the Twenty-sixth Regiment, Wise's Brigade, which commenced more than four weeks ago, is still in progress. About 175 have professed religion, among whom are a number of what are called backsliders. I have reason to believe that a majority of the backsliders were never converted until since the commencement of our meeting. The Lord give them grace to slide forward the balance of their lives! Brother Wiatt has baptized sixty-four, and about an equal number have united with a Methodist class, lately organized in camp. Major Garrett, a Methodist preacher, baptized nine the other day in the James river. In haste,
Richmond, July 23.I have only time to say to your readers that the meeting with the Twenty-sixth Virginia Regiment, Wise's Brigade, is still deeply interesting; that I left this morning to attend to some domestic affairs in Bedford; that Dr. Jeter has just promised to go down to-morrow and assist the chaplain the balance of the week; that Brother Wiatt has baptized seventy-two up to this time; that 185 have professed religion; that the exercises throughout have been characterized by deep heart excitement, without any noise or confusion; that I expect to return in eight or ten days; that I fondly hope that many others will be converted; and that I am still yours affectionately,
Kingston, North Carolina, July 28.I am now assisting the chaplain of the Forty-second North Carolina Regiment, General Martin's Brigade, in a series of meetings every night when the weather permits. The congregations are very large and attentive. Many come forward and ask God's people to pray for them. I am very much pleased with my new field of labor thus far. The soldiers appreciate kindness.
By the first of August General Lee's army was camped along the line of the Rapidan (from Liberty Mills, above Orange Court House, to Raccoon Ford, below), and God blessed us with ‘seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord’ in nearly every camp.