but I doubt not many other brethren had felt the same need of some such thing. Brother Tebbs was compelled to resign in the latter part of March on account of ill health, having taken violent cold in our beloved chapel, where our labors had become so interesting, but which was very damp. I was stricken down in the middle of a sermon on Psalm LI. 10, on the night of March 30, and disappointed of a communion which we had appointed for an early day. Henceforth Brothers Vass, Walton and Grandin conducted the meetings. Many interesting incidents, of course, occurred in that revival; but only such as every minister meets at such times. But one whose interest culminated after my extreme illness and removal to the hospitable roof of Mr. Buckner (Geo. Washington), some two miles from camp, deserves my notice. A youth of handsome, but pensive face, was seen awaiting every night the ministrations of chaplains. For some nights, however, I did not speak with him. Finally I did, and found him an orphan boy from Shenandoah. Long did he remain in darkness; but nothing daunted. At length he found peace; but after I was removed. And one night, when too sick to read, I received two letters from men in camp; one from him, thanking me for the counsel I had given, and especially for the sermon I had preached the last night I attempted it. It was my privilege to observe the beautiful consistency of little Solomon H——in a trying military career in subsequent days, and I trust he may long add evidence to evidence, showing that his heart was created anew and his spirit rectified. In frequent personal interviews with General Paxton he expressed a growing interest in the Saviour, until he gave evidence of true conversion, and wrote home requesting to be regarded as a member of the Church. In one of these interviews he said with emphasis: “Ah! how inconsistent men are about religion; persuade the business man that anything is necessary for his interest, and he will do it at once; but you may persuade men of their interest in religion, and still they will procrastinate—in many cases till too late.” Having ridden over to visit me while I was ill, he told me that he felt that he would soon be killed, and he wished not to go unprepared. And so it was; he had just issued orders for his maiden charge, which terminated in brilliant success, when he was killed by a ball from the enemy. With sadness must I make the confession that not one officer of my own regiment was added to the Church this winter; yet their friendship was warm and even touching, as will be evinced by this incident: One had been visiting me while I was sick, and upon going out of the room he slipped an envelope into my hand bearing some such superscription: “ From the officers, Second Virginia, as a token of our regard.” Opening it I found the sum of $500.00. After the brigade had reached the vicinity of Chancellorsville for that battle, Colonel Nadenbousch, learning that I was exposed to capture at Mr. Buckner's, sent back an express to remove me if my strength would permit it. This was done, and on the day of that memorable battle I was transferred to Richmond. So obstinate was my typhoid pneumonia that I could not rejoin the army till July following, after its return from Gettysburg. The spiritual interests of the command suffered no little by the campaign, and I doubt not that the restraints of enlightened consciences saved much of that retribution upon the enemy's country which the world would have justified. Brigadier General J. A. Walker was now commanding the brigade. Its numbers and aspect had greatly changed under the rigors of that demoralizing and arduous campaign. On 22d July we set in motion for the eastern side of the Blue Ridge. While resting a day in Madison county I embraced an opportunity for calling together the Christians of my regiment, procuring a roll of some fifty of them who remained; temporarily arranged them in clubs for “family prayer,” nights after
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 : religious elements in the army.
Chapter 2 : influence of Christian officers.
Chapter 3 : influence of Christian officers—continued.
Chapter 4 : influence of Christian officers—concluded.
Chapter 5 : Bible and colportage work.
Chapter 6 : hospital work.
Chapter 7 : work of the chaplains and missionaries.
Chapter 8 : eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel .
Chapter 9 : State of religion in 1861 - 62 .
Chapter 10 : revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg .
Chapter 11 : the great revival along the Rapidan .
Chapter 12 : progress of the work in 1864 - 65 .
Chapter 13 : results of the work and proofs of its genuineness
Appendix: letters from our army workers.
Appendix no. 2 : the work of grace in other armies of the Confederacy .
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