camp near Pisgah Church, Orange county, Va., October 3, 1863.. . . . But the chief design of this is to let our friends know, through your paper, of the continuance of the glorious state of things in our regiment. Several more have professed an interest in the great salvation. On Saturday last five were “buried with Christ in baptism” by Brother J. W. Jones, of the Thirteenth Virginia Infantry, and another on Tuesday—all of whom, we hope, arose to “walk in newness of life.” A number are still waiting to join other denominations. . . . . Oh, what a contrast is there in our regiment, when compared with last year this time. Now, instead of the songs of revelry and mirth to which we used to listen, at night the forest is made to resound with songs which arise like sweet incense from new-born souls, to the Captain of their salvation—the stately steppings of Jesus are heard in our camps—the Holy Spirit is wooing hearts in our army—soldiers are enlisting under the unfurled banner of King Immanuel. . . . . Yours truly,
Richmond College, October 6.I spent four days of last week with Kemper's Brigade, stationed at Taylorsville. Brother Jno. W. Ward, chaplain of the Third Regiment, baptized eight persons the day before my arrival. Five had also been received by the Methodist chaplain of the Eleventh Regiment, Rev. Thos. C. Jennings. Two others joined the Episcopal Church. Meetings are still in progress at night, conducted by the excellent brethren above-named. Christians in this brigade seem to be active and united, and I trust they will receive a great blessing. The previous week I spent at the same place, with Cook's Brigade, and had the pleasure of baptizing six soldiers. About the same number had solicited the ordinance at my hands, and would have been baptized on Saturday, but, on the previous night, the remainder of the brigade was removed to Gordonsville, whither a part of it had gone previously. Brother Howerton is a chaplain in this brigade.