within two and a half months, has baptized ninety persons in various divisions of the Army of Northern Virginia.’
At a meeting of the First Baptist Church, Richmond
, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
, That this Church has received with great joy the tidings of God's merciful dealings with the armies of our country, in bringing many of our soldiers to repentance and salvation; and that we will earnestly pray for the continued success and enlargement of the good work amongst them.
, That we regard this gracious dispensation as the voice of God to His slumbering Churches, calling them to renewed zeal and consecration to His cause; and that we will labor and pray that its influence may not be lost upon ourselves or upon those within our reach.’
A minister in the army writes: ‘Our meetings are assuming a new and interesting phase.
All the recent converts meet twice a day by themselves, and pray and talk over their wants and necessities to each other, and every one who attends must lead in prayer.
It is refreshing to see so many young converts, all in their freshness and vigor, serving the Lord
and full of redeeming love.’
Rev. N. B. Cobb
, in an account of his visit to the Army of Northern Virginia, gives the following description of a convert whom he met in camp:
‘One of the most wicked and desperate men in camp had been melted down into the gentleness of a little child.
Before the Spirit of the Lord
touched his heart, his name had been incorporated into a proverb for wickedness.
He seemed to be beyond human control.
Whenever he got out of camp he would get drunk, and come back or be brought back perfectly furious.
When the guard would arrest him he would draw out his bowie knife and endeavor to cut his way through them; and even after he was overpowered and taken to the guard-house he had to be tied down, to keep him from rushing out over the sentinels.
But the grace of God had taken hold of him, and entirely changed his nature.
The roaring lion had been subdued into the gentle lamb; and it was remarkable that every man in the regiment had perfect confidence in his conversion.’
Elder W. N. Chaudoin
, in a letter to the Baptist Banner
, from the Army of Northern Virginia, describing his first day in camp, says: ‘The quiet and order of the camp astonished me. I have ’