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[321] wounded. I was in the hospitals every day, and I never witnessed more constant attention to our wounded than was shown by these noble women, who were at the side of our poor fellows from morning until night. And besides their attention in the hospitals they threw open their houses—in a word, they did their whole duty to our brave boys who fell fighting to relieve them from the return of the foe. Our march from Winchester was a tedious one, and many fell out by the way, though most of them have since come up. Yet, notwithstanding the weariness of the men, I found frequent opportunities for religious services, and deeply interested listeners. And the tracts and papers I was enabled to distribute were eagerly read. Since we reached this camp the opportunities for religious services have been very fine. I have two appointments a day for preaching— shall have three after to-day, and might find opportunities for preaching even more frequently to large and attentive congregations. Now is the time for our brethren to comply with the resolutions of the General Association, and “spend part of their time in visiting and preaching in the army.” We may move from this line if the movements of the enemy render it necessary, but shall not, probably, go far, or have a battle very soon. So, if brethren really desire to work in this wide field of usefulness, let them come on at once, and they shall find plenty to do. I expect to administer the ordinance of baptism to-morrow, and trust that it will not be the last time while we are enjoying this brief season of repose. Brother J. A. Broadus was compelled, by hoarseness, to leave us the other day, but we hope he may be able to return again in a few days. Our army is rapidly increasing in numbers, the weary are becoming rested, and the general efficiency improved. We have very few croakers—they are found chiefly amongst those who stay at home, and have done nothing for our cause; but, on the contrary, our boys are cheerful and confident—longing for peace and a return to the sweets of their homes, yet willing to spend and be spent to protect their loved ones. I rejoice to see that our Christian President has again called the nation to humiliation and prayer, and shall be greatly disappointed if it is not universally observed. Our country Churches ought, by all means, to have prayer-meetings where they cannot have the services of their pastors; and let me suggest that the spiritual wants of our army should form a subject of prayer on the occasion.


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