I also spent a week with Wofford's Brigade early in September. Here I found only one chaplain, Rev. Mr. Flinn, of the Presbyterian Church. I was received cordially and treated affectionately, by both officers and men of all these brigades. During each visit I was impressed with the conviction, that the army is an inviting field of labor, and is always ready to welcome the evangelist.
camp near Orange Court House, October 7.The work of the Lord is still on the increase in this army. In every direction meetings are in progress, at which hundreds are anxiously inquiring after the Saviour of sinners. Even where it has been deemed best to suspend the regular series of services prayer-meetings are held several times a day, conducted for the most part by those who have themselves recently chosen the service of God. These young converts sing, pray and exhort, and their labors are made instrumental in the conversion of their comrades. A Baptist chaplain told me yesterday, that every day or two he was called on to baptize soldiers, brought to him by the young converts, the fruits of their prayer-meetings. To-day I rode twelve miles. All along the way, regiments, battalions and brigades were encamped, and here and there on the wayside I saw men sitting down reading their Testaments and tracts. Brother Renfroe expects, this week, to baptize thirty-five. Brother Cundy has baptized sixty. I suppose that fully 500 have united with the Baptist Church since the army has been here. At Gordonsville I found a precious revival in progress. I preached twice to large congregations at that place, and in the afternoon witnessed the baptism of eleven, making thirty-seven baptized by Brother Howerton, of Cook's Brigade. Permit me to say, that I find our evangelists and colporters are greatly encouraged. Almost every sermon they preach is being blessed to the spiritual good of some soul, while the pages of truth they distribute are eagerly read. We need, however, funds to support those engaged in this good work. I beg that the pastors and Churches at home will keep us provided with the needed contributions, the “sinews of war.”
A. E. D.
Richmond, October 10.Brother Dickinson: I herewith furnish you a short statement