‘God is wonderfully reviving his work here, and throughout the army.
Congregations large—interest almost universal.
In our chaplains' meeting it was thought, with imperfect statistics, that about five hundred were converted every week.
We greatly need chaplains—men of experience and ministerial influence.
Our Regimental Christian Association, as a kind of substitute for a Church, and our Bible-classes, are doing well.’
Under the powerful stimulus of such a revival, the Churches
at home redoubled their efforts to supply preachers.
In General G. T. Anderson
's Georgia Brigade, composed of the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Fifty-ninth Regiments, the influence of a Soldiers' Christian Association was most powerful for good.
‘It has drawn out and developed,’ says a soldier of the brigade, ‘all the religious element among us. It has created a very pleasant, social feeling among the regiments, and has blended them into one congregation.
The three chaplains of the brigade work together, and thus lighten the burdens of each other, and also extend help to the two regiments that are without chaplains.
The association now numbers over four hundred members.
We recently broke up a camp where, for four weeks, we have enjoyed an unbroken rest; and it has been one long “camp-meeting” —a great revival season—during which we held divine services daily.
It has been a time of great joy with us, reviving pure, evangelical religion, and converting many souls.
Above eighty members have been added to the association as the fruit of our meeting.
A great revolution has been wrought in the moral tone of the brigade.
During a part of this time we were assisted by Rev. Mr. Gwin
, of Rome, Georgia
, of the Baptist Church, and by Rev. Dr. Baird
, of Mississippi
, of the Presbyterian Church.
Their labors were highly appreciated, and were very valuable.
The Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Regiments each have Sabbathschools, which are a new and interesting feature in the religious teachings of the army.
Much interest is taken in it. Full onethird of my regiment are members of my school.’
's Brigade the work was equally deep and powerful.
‘Last March,’ says a soldier, ‘I was quite sick, and was sent to the hospital in Richmond, Virginia
At that time my regiment (the gallant Fourth Alabama) was extremely wicked.
You could scarcely meet with any one who did not use God's name in vain.
You could see groups assembled almost in every direction ’