Men, I have led you into many a battle, and you have followed me like men. Alas! I have led you into all manner of wickedness and vice, and you have followed me in this too. I have now resolved to change my course. I have gone to Christ in sincere repentance and simple faith. I have enlisted under the banner of the Cross, and mean, by God's help, to prove a faithful soldier of Jesus as I have been a true soldier of my country. I call upon you, my brave boys, to follow me as I shall try to follow “the Captain of our salvation,” and I want all who are willing to do so to come, here and now, and give me their hands and let me pray for them.It is hardly necessary to add that the effect was electrical. The men crowded around their loved captain, tears flowed freely, earnest prayers were offered, and the brave fellow continued his personal efforts until nearly every member of his company had found Jesus, and those former ringleaders in every species of vice had become a centre of powerful influence for the religious good of their regiment and brigade. One of the most potent instrumentalities in our work was the personal activity of the young converts, and I could easily fill pages with illustrations of this. I believe that a willingness to give of one's substance for the good of others is a test of genuine conversion, and that we should doubt the reality of that man's religion who (if properly instructed in his duty) always has money to squander on himself and never a dime for the cause of benevolence or God's suffering poor. I have never seen more princely liberality than among these Christian soldiers. I have some old subscription papers— for regimental library, for tracts, Bibles and religious newspapers, for the Fredericksburg sufferers, and other benevolent objects— which show on the part of these men a self-sacrificing liberality which would put to shame any Church in the land to-day. In the winter of 1863-64 the Young Men's Christian Association of Posey's (afterwards Harris's) Mississippi Brigade led off in a movement which was followed by a number of other brigades, and deserves to be written in letters of gold on one of the brightest pages of our country's history. They solemnly resolved to fast one day in every week in order that they might
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