And while in position on the fortifications around Spottsylvania Court House, and afterwards around Richmond, we held our prayer-meetings more regularly, and which were very well attended, and much interest was manifested by the men. We had our meetings several times broken up by the sudden call to arms—through the bursting of the shells among us, the rolling of the musketry in our front or on either side—calling us off to more dangerous occupations. Often, here, while awaiting orders to move, did we distribute tracts and religious papers among the men, who read them with avidity—anxious to beguile the weary, anxious hours, and especially when it was concerning a subject of vital importance. Kept up our prayer-meetings every night while around Spottsylvania Court House with great interest, joined also by the infantry who were stationed on either side of our pieces for our support. Nor were we alone in our prayer-meetings, for the voice of prayer and praise would oft be heard along our lines in the evening, as far as the ear could hear, from the different prayer-meetings in operation, and nothing made me feel more hopeful that, let the issue of the contest be what it might, many would be benefited by a knowledge of Christ throughout their lives, and would never regret their army life, owing to their having found Christ precious to their souls. Our prayer-meetings were kept up and well sustained throughout the campaigns of 1864, while in line of battle around Richmond, the infantry participating with us. Often did some of the members retire privately into the woods to enjoy a quiet season of prayer, and even while going into retirement we fell in with others engaged in the same interesting employment, which would only stir up the feeling of devotion that burned in the heart. These numerous seasons of prayer were very precious; the company and the regiment enjoyed them. Oft when the circumstances surrounding were deemed unfavorable, some of the men would urge that the prayer-meetings should be held, and those who had recently professed Christ were willing to pray with us in these meetings, which was encouraged, hoping it would prove a means of grace to them. As to the results of what seemed to be honest and sincere profession, I am not able to state, though the course of some indicates a declension from the solemn vows made while in the army. Yet I cannot believe that all or much of what I witnessed was mere enthusiasm or hypocrisy.
J. K. H.
From Rev. Dr. Geo. W. Leyburn, Presbyterian Missionary.
Appomattox Court House, February 14, 1867.Rev. and Dear Brother: I saw some little of the revival at that time, at Fredericksburg; and I had a last interview with General Jackson, which made a considerable impression on me, and of which, with some description of his last camping-place; and the congregation assembled there, the last time that he and many of his brave soldiers ever attended such a service, I gave some account in one of the newspapers. I saw besides something of the revivals and of the religious state of our different armies at various times. But I did not see things under circumstances to enable me to contribute to a history with the one exception of Wise's Brigade. Owing to my having a son in this brigade and to the fact of several companies from Bedford, then the county of my residence, being in it, I had more to do with it than any other body of our soldiery. Beside a number of other visits made to it, in Virginia and the South, I spent more than a week, including two Sabbaths, with the regiment, Fourth Heavy Artillery originally (at Gloucester Point) and afterwards Thirty-fourth Infantry, during the summer of 1863, while the brigade enjoyed its quiet time of several months at “Chapin's Farm,” below Richmond. I preached