A large volume would scarcely suffice to record the details of this great revival, and I can only give here a few illustrations as specimens of the whole character of the work.
From the 1st of August to the 1st of October I averaged two sermons every day, besides other work, and other chaplains were even more laborious, so pressing were the demands upon us; and I witnessed the professed conversion of hundreds of our brave men.
My own brigade (Smith
's, formerly Early
's Virginia) was fortunately camped near Mt. Pisgah
Baptist Church and a Methodist church in the lower part of Orange county
, and Rev. J. P. Garland
, of the Forty-ninth Virginia, Rev. Mr. Slaughter
, of the Fifty-eighth Virginia, and myself united in holding meetings in both of these houses.
We were fortunate in having at different times Rev. Dr. J. A. Broadus
, Rev. F. M. Barker
(the gifted, eloquent and lamented preacher who took in my tent the cold which resulted in his death), Rev. L. J. Haley
and others to help us, and the work went graciously on until interrupted, but not stopped, by the ‘Bristoe campaign
There were 250 professions of conversion, and a revival among Christians, of the highest value.
During this period I had also the general conduct of revival meetings in Hoke
's North Carolina Brigade, Gordon
's Georgia Brigade, and Hays
's Louisiana Brigade—having services at different hours and providing other preachers as I was able—and helped brother-chaplains in a number of other brigades.
I had a beautiful baptistery made at the foot of the hill near our camp, and had some of the most impressive baptisms there which I have ever witnessed.
My readers will, I trust, pardon me for so frequently reproducing my own letters from the army, but having been written at the time they give a much more accurate picture of the scenes they describe than I could now produce.
The following notices the beginning of our work on the Rapidan