when our army was drawn up in line of battle at ‘Mine Run,’ just in rear of our lines, and in reply to our exclamation of surprise at seeing him there, he said that he was ‘collecting money for army colportage.’ A bad ‘time and place,’ most persons would have thought, but he was succeeding very well. Our Virginia board has recently appointed Rev. E. J. Willis ‘General Evangelist in Ewell's Corps.’ It would have been hard to find a better man for the place. Brother Willis's life has been a checkered but useful one. Graduating in his literary course at a Northern college, and in law at the University of Virginia, he practised his profession for awhile in his native State, and then emigrated to California about the beginning of the ‘gold fever.’ He was successful in his profession, and soon elevated to the position of judge, with a prospect of still higher honors; but seeing the great need of preachers in that rising State he left the bench for the pulpit, and was widely useful in proclaiming the glad tidings. Returning to Virginia he was pastor of ‘Leigh Street Baptist Church,’ Richmond, and at the beginning of the war was building up a new interest at ‘Clay Street Chapel.’ He raised a company ‘for the war’ and has distinguished himself on many a bloody field, especially at Sharpsburg, where in command of his regiment (Forty-fifth Virginia Infantry) he bore its colors in the front, and when the flagstaff was shot away, wrapped them around his sword and still led the charge. I predict for him equal success in the new field upon which he is just entering. ‘All quiet along the lines.’ There is an increase of religious interest, but I defer particulars until after our chaplains meeting to-morrow.
J. W. J. camp near Orange Court House, Va., March 20, 1864.
March 24, 1864.Rev. J. D. Chambers, missionary of the Virginia Baptist Sunday-School and Publication Board, reports a very extensive and powerful revival in progress in Bryant's Georgia Brigade, under the labors of Chaplains C. H. Toy, W. L. Curry and J. C. Camp (all three Baptists), and the brigade missionary, Rev. Mr. Haygood (a Methodist minister). There is a fine state of religious feeling throughout that army, but a great lack of chaplains; and both officers and men are very anxious to fill the vacancies.