had at all, and only ceased when the army was disbanded.
Really they did not cease then, for in the great revivals with which our Churches in Virginia
and the South
were blessed during the summer
of 1865 a very large proportion of the converts were from among our returned soldiers.
I witnessed myself a large number of professions of conversion among them, and in the meetings in which I preached (acting as an independent evangelist from the mountains to the seaboard after I had ‘laid by’ the corn and threshed the wheat, for I took off my coat and went into the field to work on my return from the army), I always found our returned soldiers the most tender and impressible part of the congregations.
Not as claiming by any means any special activity or special success, but merely as illustrating how God helped us in our labors, and blessed our poor efforts during this period, I give the following report of one of the missionaries for the year beginning October I, 1863, and ending September 30, 1864.
It may be proper to say that on October I, 1864, I accepted an appointment from the Virginia Baptist
Sunday-school and Publication Board as missionary-chaplain to A. P. Hill
's Corps, and that this report only embraces my labors for the year named: