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(2.) My first protracted effort was made soon after the battle of Gettysburg, near Orange Court House. In this meeting God was with us and His people were revived and more than a hundred converted. Brother A. Broaddus baptized twenty for me while there. My next meeting (of much interest) was in the fall of 1864, in which about sixty were turned from “darkness to light.” I don't remember any remarkable conversions, or that any means were employed beyond the ordinary means of grace.

(3.) Most of those who professed were steadfast in their love and devotion to Christ and His cause. Many of them died in the “triumphs of faith.”

(4.) Our first colonel, Colonel Edmunds, was, I think, a member of the Episcopal Church. His influence was very beneficial to his command. I know nothing of his last moments, as he was killed on the field of Gettysburg. Our next colonel was the young yet brave and accomplished gentleman and officer, James Cabell, of Danville. Colonel Cabell was not a member of any Church, but told me a few days before his death “that he felt prepared.” He was killed near Drewry's Bluff, May Io, 1864, leaving a young bride and many dear ones to mourn their loss. Colonel George Griggs, of Pittsylvania, was our next colonel. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was ever ready to aid me in my meetings, and was not ashamed to exhort his men publicly to enlist under the banner of Christ. His life was spared and he has resumed his place at home, where I hope he may be long spared to labor for Christ. Among my most valuable assistants was Captain J. T. Averett. Captain John A. Herndon, Captain Jennings, Captain Grubbs, Lieutenant Gardner and others were true soldiers of Jesus.

General Steuart and his assistant adjutant-general, Captain Darden, were members of the Episcopal Church. Colonel Phillips, of the Ninth, was a man of more than ordinary talent, and he did all he could for Christ.

(5.) It was fully and satisfactorily proved in our regiment that true soldiers of the Cross made the best soldiers for their country.

(6.) I don't remember but some four or five who told me that they would devote the rest of their time to the ministry. Captain J. A. Herndon, of Pittsylvania, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, expected to do so. Brother W. A. Morefield, of Halifax; Brother Hodges, Methodist Episcopal; Brother C. Penick, Episcopal Church; Brother C. F. James (Captain Company F, Eighth Virginia), of Loudon, whom I baptized, is now at Richmond College preparing himself for the ministry. No doubt many others will decide to “ go and do likewise .” God grant it.

(7.) I baptized about forty. I was not ordained till December, 1863. I think I can safely put the whole number of conversions in the brigade at 500, as other chaplains had gracious revivals, and have reason to infer they had many conversions.

My dear brother, you have my best wishes and prayers in your arduous work. We need such a book. I think it will do much good.. If I can serve you in any way, I am at your service. May the Lord bless us at an early date with such refreshing showers of grace as we enjoyed in Orange in 1863.

Yours in Christian love,

R. W. Cridlin. Chesterfield Court House, Virginia.


From Rev. J. K. Hitner, Presbyterian, private Rockbridge Artillery.

Brief Compend of the religious history of the Rockbridge Artillery.

The material of the company from the beginning was composed of men and officers of good moral character, who always exercised a good influence and thus gave a reputation to the company. I joined the company, Monday, March 22, 1862, and give account from this date.


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