prayer-meeting at noon, besides the forementioned prayer-meetings. Interest increased, services were multiplied and sinners became penitent. But Satan was also very busy; sutlers were trading in liquor; men and officers were gambling, and there was much profanity. The sale of liquor in my regiment became so intolerable to me that I reported the fact to General Walker and urged him to restrain it. After a most courteous hearing he agreed to do so, and by the time I could reach my camp, his adjutant-general waited upon Mr. Sutler to lay down the ultimatum to him. This checked liquor-drinking greatly, but of course not entirely. What was noteworthy in that interview was, that General Walker (himself an ungodly man) gave me clearly to understand that he regarded me in reality the spiritual officer of the regiment; that he expected me to preserve the moral efficiency of the command by correcting and reporting such violations of morals and orders. The Christian Association, meeting alternately in chapels A and B, infused much life into its proceedings by proposing at one meeting practical questions for discussions at the next. At leisure hours I frequently engaged with the young men of my regiment in a game of base-ball, for exercise in part, but principally to effect what it was ever my purpose to do, viz., to draw men out from their tents into the light of day, where evil practices are discouraged or corrected. Let me here bear testimony, which both gratitude and justice require me to do. Some chaplains were wont to complain of disrespectful and unsympathetic officers with whom they were thrown. I shall not deny their statements of experience. But justice requires that from a singularly fortunate experience I should bear conflicting testimony. It seemed a strange dispensation which threw me so habitually with officers who made no profession of religion, and singular discouragement that the Lord never enabled me to do them more good. When the failures of my general work for my men, however, are recited in the great day, I shall hardly be able to find any of these to share my burden of mortification and grief. All with whom I was thrown by the vicissitudes of war, and they were not a few, were ever as ready to grant whatever was for the good of my work as I was to ask; and often has their promptness to confer rebuked my timidity in asking co-operation. Allow me also to testify in behalf of the surgeons of that old command. In my judgment, and surely I had the best opportunities for reaching a true one, there was no class of officers or men who discharged their vexatious duties more faithfully, more diligently, more cheerfully or more skilfully than did the medical corps of that brigade. As a class their efficient services merit the gratitude and admiration of the members of the Stonewall Brigade. There may have been some faults and some neglects; but what other officer is free from similar accusation? If it was generally known how little favor Government bestowed upon this department, or at least how little Government was able to equip it; how many whining skulks sought to convert the surgeons into escape-valves from military duty; how fatiguing, engrossing and distracting their vocation just at the critical hour when men are most querulous; their occasional demonstrations of temper, indifference or even unkindness will seem pardonable. his honorable profession has suffered too much traduction at the hands of men who were arrested in their ill purposes of escaping duty. May 4, 1864, we broke camp and went forth to meet the enemy in the wilderness of Orange and Spottsylvania. Ministrations to the wounded and dying were all that chaplains could render up to the time that I was detached from the regiment, immediately after the disaster at Spottsylvania Court House on 12th of May, and ordered to the field-hospital (permanent) of our corps, by a written order from General Ewell, through Chief-Surgeon McGuire. That disaster, in fact, terminated the separate existence of the Stonewall Brigade; and here properly this history might end. General Walker, having been badly wounded in that battle, was borne off to take command of it no more; but left an express farewell, saying they had his gratitude and admiration for their handsome resistance on that ill-fated morning. The
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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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