to hear an earnest proclamation of the “Gospel of peace” — now I see, on every side, the implements of deadly strife, and hear the busy hum of the camp. Yet the scene shall not be wholly changed; for the manly voices of war-worn veterans shall chant at morn and eve the same good old hymns wh then echoed through this temple of the living God. The “Gospel of peace” shall still be proclaimed to those who strive for their country's weal, and the voice of prayer shall still ascend to the God who then met with His people. So much has occurred since I last wrote that I scarce know where to begin or stop. Our sojourn in Winchester was rendered most delightful by the warm-hearted hospitality of the people—they threw open to us their churches, their homes and their hearts—and we left there with many bitter regrets that we were compelled to leave such a people to the ‘tender mercies’ of such a foe. Brother John A. Broadus preached every day (twice a day, sometimes) for two weeks, and despite the bad weather and other adverse circumstances the congregations were large and attentive, and many “precious seed” were sown which shall, in due season, bring forth their fruit. We were especially indebted to the pastors who were present (Rev. Dr. Boyd, Rev. Mr. Graham, Rev. Mr. Dosh and Rev. Mr. Brooke) for the tender of their churches, as also for many personal kindnesses—they were Christian brethren with whom it was pleasant to hold intercourse. Dr. Burrows, of Richmond, was also there with the “ambulance committee,” and preached us several sermons, which were none the less acceptable because the preacher was constantly seen on the street with coat off and hard at work amongst the wounded, and did not have on exactly his 't'other clothes' when he entered the pulpit, as some rascal had lightened his wardrobe on the route. Rev. Dr. William J. Hoge also preached several sermons to large and attentive congregations. I must not omit either to mention the labors of Brother M. D. Anderson, who was untiring in the hospitals, and whose ‘silent preachers’ could be seen in every ward. By the way, the “Ambulance committee,” of Richmond, are now an institution—they do noble work after every battle, and their arrival is always hailed with joy by the poor sufferers whom they come to relieve. And the ladies of Winchester will not be soon forgotten by the thousands who received their benefactions. Their praise is in the mouths of all who had an opportunity of witnessing their entire devotion to the comfort of the
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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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