I obtained a furlough and returned home to my dear wife and children, who live not far from your city.
I returned to my command some two weeks since, and to my surprise and delight I found at least three-fourths of my company not only members of the Church
of the living God, but professors of religion.
This state of affairs is not limited to my company, but it extends throughout the entire regiment, and I might say the whole brigade (Law
's Brigade). God grant that this good work may continue to flourish throughout the entire army.’
Of the work which came under his eye in Ewell
's Corps Rev. Dr. Rosser
My plan is, to visit and preach to this corps, division by division, and brigade by brigade—stopping longest where I can do most good, noticing vacancies in the chaplaincy, circulating religious reading as it reaches me, and sympathizing with the sick and wounded soldiers.
A nobler work cannot engage the heart of the preacher, or the attention of the Church
I can but glance at the work at this time.
The whole army is a vast field, ready and ripe to the harvest, and all the reapers have to do is to go in and reap from end to end. The susceptibility of the soldiery to the Gospel is wonderful, and, doubtful as the remark may appear, the military camp is most favorable to the work of revival.
The soldiers, with the simplicity of little children, listen to and embrace the truth.
Already over two thousand have professed conversion, and over two thousand more are penitent.
The hope of the Church
and the country is in our armies, and religion in the army should be a subject of the most serious concern to the Church
That Church that does most for religion during the war will do most for religion when the war is over.
Let our Church have an eye to this, and with a holy faith and zeal grasp both the present and the future.
Oh, let the shepherds come and gather the lambs in the wilderness!
We want our best men here—men of courage, faith, experience—holy men-hard-working men—sympathizing men—selfdenying men—men baptized afresh every day by the Holy Ghost
for the work.
No place here for slow men, mere reasoners and expositors, however learned or eloquent; war has no time to wait for such men—the soldier has no time to wait for such men-he may die to-morrow.
The few men now with us in this corps—and noble men they are—can do but a tithe of