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[499] months afterwards, and can say that no subject appeared to have anything like as much interest for him as the subject of religion. Christians and religious books were his chosen companions. On our march from Orange Court House to Richmond I frequently noticed the men reading their Testaments. While we were camped at Petersburg our colonel made a public profession of religion. He hoped that he had been converted some months before. He aided me much in my work, gave me every encouragement. I trust that he is a truly pious man. His Bible was daily read, I believe, and often he sought religious conversation with me. On one occasion, as I was sitting on a log meditating, he came and sat down by me, and said: “ Tell me something good.”

We had some very good Christians in our regiment. One named Bailey, from Portsmouth, assisted me by his prayers. He fell dead at the battle of Drewry's Bluff, and lay on his back with a sweet, happy smile on his face as it looked heavenward.

In our brigade there was but one regiment which had no chaplain, and I think there was more open wickedness in that than in all the others combined.

On one occasion, as I passed through my regiment distributing tracts, Sunday morning before preaching, I found all behaving well, not an oath, no cards nor any open violation of the holy day. I then went to this regiment which had no chaplain for a similar purpose, and to invite them to preaching. I was grieved to find them in many tents playing cards either for amusement or money, and could persuade but five of them to attend preaching.

I once could have told you much of interest probably, but it has passed from my mind.

Colonel C——, of the Thirty-eighth Regiment, who fell at the battle of the Half-Way House, between Petersburg and Richmond, interested me much. He was an amiable, noble-hearted man. Several times I conversed with him on the subject of religion while he was well, and I trust that he died a Christian, though he had made no profession publicly. I saw him after he was mortally wounded. He appeared engaged in prayer, and his countenance wore an expression of resignation.

Yours fraternally,


[From Rev. J. H. Colton, Presbyterian, Chaplain Fifty-third North Carolina Regiment.]

McKENSIE'S bridge, Moore county, North Carolina, August 1, 1866.
Rev. J. William Jones:
Dear Brother: In Daniels's Brigade, afterwards Grimes's, there were four regiments and a battalion—Thirty-second, Forty-third, Forty-fifth, Fifty-third, and Second Battalion—all North Carolina. These all had chaplains, only the Thirtysecond and Second Battalion for a time without. The brigade was made up under or in anticipation of the conscription act, consequently there was not that intelligence which was found in the first volunteers.

I believe, however, the morality of the brigade would compare favorably with any other, but upon this I can speak only with assurance for my own regiment, the Fifty-third North Carolina Infantry. Gambling was not common at any time, drunkenness not prevalent, and swearing not very common.

We joined the Army of Northern Virginia, June, 1863, but Brother Brooks, of the Second Battalion, and myself were absent from Gettysburg until February, 1864. In the fall of 1863 Brother Thompson, of the Forty-third, had a revival in his regiment.

Returning, myself, just before the campaign of 1864, I entered earnestly into the


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