to us privately deeply affected, in many cases weeping and trembling, to ask for further instruction as to what constitutes conversion. They have an unspeakable dread of being deceived on this point. One young man, the son of a Baptist minister, said to me: “Oh, sir, I have a little hope, but I am afraid to confess it, for fear it may not be well founded.” Another said that for months he had been hoping that he was a Christian, but that he was “so afraid that he might backslide and dishonor his Master.” It is interesting, too, to see how long the work of grace has been in progress in many hearts. Several have for more than a year been under deep conviction and been seeking the Saviour. Not a few have received their first religious impressions on the battlefield. I think eight or ten spoke of having been convicted at the Chancellorsville fight, while an interesting young man assured us that during the battle of Seven Pines, while his comrades were falling around him, he promised the Lord that he would love and serve Him; from that day to this he has been trying to make good his vow. Without doubt, in hundreds of instances, the shock of battle has been sanctified to the saving of souls. It is worthy of record that this meeting is greatly developing the gifts of Christians. Many a brother is aroused to his duty to put forth active efforts for the salvation of sinners. Two of the young men, members of the Tenth Alabama, are now holding a protracted meeting in a neighboring camp. They go over every evening and preach the Gospel, comforting and encouraging Christians and warning sinners. A revival has sprung up under their labors. A chaplain of a Virginia regiment remarked, yesterday, that the Master intends honoring many of these young men by putting them in the ministry. We have, from the beginning of the war, been pleading with the Churches to send preachers to the army, and with some little success. It seems, now, that the army itself is to produce a supply. I beg that all through the land earnest and constant prayer be made that scores and hundreds of Christian men in the army may be called of God to the work of the ministry. How refreshing is the thought of hundreds of such ministers returning, after the war is over, to aid in establishing Churches and in preaching the Gospel to “every creature.” Rev. J. J. D. Renfroe, a laborious and successful chaplain, was for a brief period in the employ of the Sunday-school and Publication Board. When he made known the fact that he had arrived at the conclusion that it was his duty to
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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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