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‘ [337] much of this work has been done by the fraternal intercourse secured by our organization. May the Lord bless you with His Spirit, and give His word prosperity through your instrumentality.’

The religious, and even the secular papers, often filled columns with the news of God's work among the soldiers. The Richmond Christian Advocate said:

Not for years has such a revival prevailed in the Confederate States. Its records gladden the columns of every religious journal. Its progress in the army is a spectacle of moral sublimity over which men and angels can rejoice. Such campmeetings were never seen before in America. The bivouac of the soldier never witnessed such nights of glory and days of splendor. The Pentecostal fire lights the camp, and the hosts of armed men sleep beneath the wings of angels rejoicing over many sinners that have repented.

The people at home are beginning to feel the kindling of the same grace in their hearts. It is inspiring to read the correspondence, now, between converts in camp and friends at home, and to hear parents praise God for tidings from their absent sons who have lately given their hearts to the Lord.

“Father is converted,” says a bright-faced child of twelve years; “ Mamma got a letter to-day, and father says that there is a great revival in his regiment.” The child is too happy to keep her joy to herself. What glorious news from the army is this! This is victory—triumph—peace! This is the token of good which the great King gives to cheer His people. It is the best evidence that prayer is heard, and that the Lord is with us. Let us show ourselves grateful for such grace and “walk worthy of God, who has called us to His kingdom and glory.” Let fervent prayer continue, and patient faith wait on God, “who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

The letters from the converted soldiers were often the means, under God, of awakening an interest in the Churches at home. And back to the army went letters telling how hearts were touched and made truly penitent by reason of the tidings sent from the boys in the tents and trenches.1

Soldiers were converted by thousands every week. From Virginia, Rev. G. R. Talley wrote:

1 Dr. Bennett's ‘Great Revival.’

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