tended by the brigade and company, and every notice of such an appointment was always hailed with joy by the men. Saturday, June 14, 1862, a day of thanksgiving to God for many mercies and protection, which was much enjoyed throughout this portion of the army; preaching and prayer-meetings in the day. June 15, much to our surprise as to our joy, no orders to move, and we spent the day quietly—preaching in the morning by Dr. Dabney; in the evening enjoyed a communion season, in which many participated and drew near to Jesus. Sunday, June 22. Much rejoiced to find we had no marching to perform to-day, but allowed a quiet rest; participated in the usual church privileges of Gordonsville, near which place we have halted. Having made forced marches last week, a rest is very grateful to-day. Monday, up at 3 1/2 A. M., to make up for the rest of yesterday, and pushing on as fast as possible—to what point we were entirely ignorant, though indulging in surmises. (Yet going to Richmond.) Sunday, July 6, 1862. Lay under orders all day, expecting to meet or attack the enemy. Men worn down by low rations, marching, heat, and dirt. Saturday, August 8. Cedar Mountain.—Incident. A staff officer was struck with a shell and dreadfully wounded. He was a very profane man, yet as he felt his time of life was about ended, he called me to him and gave me his watch and ring to send to his wife. “ But, major, can I do nothing more for you?” “Tell my wife I die trusting in Christ.” I laid on the ground beside him, praying with him, directing him to Jesus, while the shells were bursting all around us and threatening every moment to send us both into eternity, and the blood flowing from his wound formed a little puddle around him; many, passing by to join in the fierce battle that was then raging, stopped a moment to witness this strange and solemn sight. That man recovered, but never evidenced by his subsequent course that he had ever experienced the great change; far from it; as the dews of death seemed to be gathering over him, he seemed to feel the importance of religion, and doubtless did feel it; but, as he recovered and took a fresh hold on life, he again gave way to the sinfulness of his nature and lived without God—a strange thing. Yet such is the hardening power and deceitfulness of sin. During the marches of the fall of 1862 had no regular opportunities for holding prayer-meetings, but had meetings as circumstances would permit, which were comparatively few. Yet the active Christians of the company, among whom were some six seminary students, employed themselves distributing tracts and Testaments and religious papers, which were always eagerly received and carefully read by the men. We oft noticed before going into battle, even as we walked along the road just before engaging, that many of the men drew forth their Testaments and enjoyed the consolations of the Gospel in view of their danger. And from their serious faces we could see they were in earnest and enjoyed the comforting assurances therein provided. The changed, sober countenances of the men on going into battle was very marked, and serious thoughts were occupying their minds. In winter of 1862 and 1863, after the first battle of Fredericksburg, we were engaged on picket at Port Royal, some fourteen miles below Fredericksburg, detached from the first regiment in which we had been formed, with several other companies, and we had no preaching throughout this winter, except once or twice by Rev. J. Wm. Jones, of Thirteenth Virginia, who was some three miles from us. Yet the Lord visited us in our prayer-meetings, which we held regularly, generally twice on the Sabbath and twice during the week, in some of the shanties we had erected. These meetings were very well attended. We also distributed tracts, religious papers, and Testaments, and these means of grace were greatly blessed by the Lord to the good of many souls, we trust. The effect was visible in the conduct of the men, and we felt assured from the frequent conversations we had with many that the Lord had been with us to do us good. After we removed to Hamilton's Crossing, in March,
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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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