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I think, as near as I can judge, that about 400 professed conversion in connection with my labors during the war. So far as I have been able to ascertain, these converts have been among the most faithful among our church-members. Very few have been the cases of backsliding which have come under my observation; indeed, I can recall not one, thank God.

I have written very roughly and hurriedly; if the above facts will help you I shall be glad. I love you, my dear brother, above all, because you are a faithful laborer in our Master's vineyard. Hope to see you in Memphis. It must, indeed, be a privilege to be near our illustrious general-in-chief. Say to him, if you choose, that a poor Baptist preacher in Kentucky remembers him gratefully and prays for him frequently.

If I can assist you further with your book call on me. I am truly glad you have thought of this book. It is much needed.

Yours very sincerely and affectionately,



From Rev. Harvey Hatcher, Baptist, army Evangelist.

293 Hollins Street, Baltimore, Maryland, April 8, 1867.
Brother Jones: Your request in the Herald for all who preached to the men composing the Army of Northern Virginia to send a detailed account of their labors to you has been noticed, but I thought that my labors were too meagre to deserve a part in your history. After thinking over the matter, I decided to send a few items, which you can use as you deem proper. In May, 1863, I went to the Huguenot Springs (convalescent) Hospital, located in Powhatan county, Virginia, and aided the chaplain, Geo. W. Hyde, for three weeks in a series of meetings. About thirty men professed faith in Christ. I baptized some six or eight. Rev. D. B. Winfree, of Chesterfield, preached five times in the meeting. In June, 1864, by the request of Brother Hyde, I aided him again at the same place for two weeks. Our meeting was suddenly closed by a large number of men coming to the hospital and occupying the chapel. About twenty professed to have a hope in the Gospel. Hyde baptized six or eight while I was there and some after I left.

In November, 1864, I conducted a meeting of great interest and power near the Howlett House, in a chapel built by the Twenty-eighth and Nineteenth Virginia Regiments, of Pickett's Division. It lasted two weeks and about thirty professed faith, some of whom were killed soon thereafter.

Good order always prevailed, and the best attention always given to the word preached. I labored in a meeting at Dover Baptist Church, Goochland county, in the fall of 1863, where many from the hospital attended and some were converted, but I forget the number. From there I went to Leigh Street Baptist, Richmond, and aided Rev. J. B. Solomon, where there was considerable interest, confined almost to the soldiers from the surrounding hospitals. Some professed conversion, but I took no note of it and can't give the particulars. I send these items for your inspection, though I doubt their worth for your use.

God bless you all in Old Virginia.

Yours fraternally,



From Rev. H. M White, Presbyterian, chaplain Hardaways Battalion, Artillery.

glade spring, Virginia, March 20, 1867.
Dear Brother: I am sorry not to be able to give you more statistics. All of my papers, except a pocket note-book, were burned in our Headquarters wagon, on the retreat to Appomattox Court House. I will answer your questions in order, as fully as possible.


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