two most active and useful laymen in his section, who found ‘Christ
in the camp,’ and in travelling all over the South
I have found illustrations of this in well-nigh every community which I have visited.
And certainly the young converts, while in camp, met admirably all of the tests of genuine conversion.
Let me cull only a few illustrations from a large mass of material in my possession.
I remember one night in Hays
's Louisiana Brigade one of the most gallant, popular and influential captains in the command professed conversion, and a few minutes afterwards I whispered to him, while we were singing, that I should call on him to lead in prayer as soon as we finished the hymn.
He at once replied: ‘It would be a great trial for me to do so before this vast crowd of my old comrades, but if you think I ought to lead in prayer, I will do the best I can.’
I have rarely heard a more appropriate, tender and every way effective prayer than he made.
As I have before remarked, I heard hundreds of these young converts called on to lead in prayer and never knew of one who refused.
And I have heard a number of chaplains bear emphatic testimony to the same effect.
Indeed our army converts seemed to take it for granted that instead of being dumb
Christians, they were to take up their cross at once in leading in prayer, and in speaking for Christ
in the meetings.
They used to have brigade prayer-meetings, regiment prayermeetings, company prayer-meetings and mess prayer-meetings, and prayer-meetings to prepare for prayer-meetings, until one of our missionaries (Rev. J. E. Chambliss
) reported to our Chaplains' Association that he could find no time in Davis
's Mississippi Brigade to preach without conflicting with some prayermeeting.
I have incidentally illustrated the earnestness with which these young converts went to work to lead their comrades to Christ
, and have space here for only one more illustration of this point.
's Georgia Brigade (in a meeting conducted by my friend and brother, Dr. A. B. Woodfin
, who was one of our most efficient chaplains and was greatly blessed in his work) there professed conversion one night a captain, who was known as one of ‘the bravest of the brave’ in that brigade of heroes, and at the same time as one of the most wicked men in the