From Rev. Dr. T. H. Pritchard, Baptist, army Evangelist.
Petersburg, Virginia, April 4, 1867.Dear Brother Jones: In common with all who love the cause of Christ, and are devoted to the late Confederacy, I feel a profound interest in your proposed work on the religious history of the Army of Northern Virginia. I was in the army so short a time that I did not imagine my personal experience would be of service to you. It is true that I never enjoyed the work of preaching the Gospel so much in my life, and that my labors were not without some fruit. I baptized fifty odd soldiers, most of them while the army was lying around Orange Court House in the fall of 1863; but I should not have written you at all on the subject had not a friend suggested that I should give you an incident of my experience while preaching to Gordon's and Wright's Brigades, camped under Clark's Mountain to watch the fords of the Rapidan. You remember that Mr. Andrew Broaddus and myself were at the house of old Brother Brown, and while there the Lord was pleased to bless our efforts to the conversion of some forty or fifty men, most of them in Gordon's Brigade. At that meeting Colonel John Hill Lamar, who commanded the Sixty-first Georgia Regiment, and was killed at Monocacy, Maryland, was converted. But it was not that which I sat down to tell you. At the close of our meeting a few of us went down to the river at a ford near Brother Brown's—I don't remember the name of it—and I baptized some eighteen men in the Rapidan, in the presence of the enemy's pickets. Several of them sat on a fence in full view of us, and within range, with their guns across their laps, and witnessed the ceremony. I don't know that you will find any place in your book for the anecdote; but as the historian should collect many facts, and from them disseminate the truth and spirit of the times, I send it. Our people remember you with affection, and would be glad to see you in our pulpit again. With much regard, I am your brother in Christ,
From Rev. J. W. Walkup, Presbyterian, chaplain Ninth Virginia Infantry.
Appomattox, April 4, 1867.Dear Brother: I received your letter a few (lays since, and am glad that you have undertaken the work you mentioned, and hope that you may be abundantly successful. I labored for so short a time in the army (about ten months), and on so limited a field, that I have but little of interest to narrate. I was chaplain of the Ninth Virginia Infantry, Barton's Brigade, Pickett's Division, Colonel Phillips commanding. I preached to my own regiment every Sabbath when it was in my power; also often to the whole brigade, and sometimes to other regiments and brigades. Often also I preached during the week, in the day or at night. I distributed a great many tracts and religious papers among our men, which were generally very readily, and sometimes gladly, received. I was present a part of the time (luring the revival in Orange county after our troops returned from the battle of Gettysburg. There was great interest on the subject of religion then through our whole division. The preaching of Dr. Pryor, Rev. J. C. Granberry and others was much blessed. A number, I know not how many, professed religion in my brigade, some few in my own small regiment. When we were ordered to march many were still anxious inquirers. Among others who professed religion there was the assistant surgeon of our regiment, Dr. H——. He afterwards gave abundant evidence of a change of heart. I saw much of him for