forty years of age arose and, trembling with emotion, said he was a backslider; asked us to pray for him. Another said he felt, he knew, he was a sinner, and plead with us to pray. My heart beat against my ribs with joy. I saw joy written upon the countenance of every Christian. God was blessing us, and we were encouraged to proceed. A temporary protection was made, and we continued our services day and night. The brigade was now ordered to Morton's Ford, and, owing to the hard service in picket-service, fortifying, etc., the work was somewhat retarded. Brother Duke, chaplain of Nineteenth Mississippi Regiment, returned from a furlough about this time and rendered valuable aid. About this time, however, the battle of Chancellorsville occurred, and we were again stationed near Hamilton's Crossing (three miles from that place and three from Fredericksburg). The work now commenced in earnest again, the sheaves were numbered by hundreds, and the number of inquirers was so great that it was impossible to talk with them all. By this time we had the earnest co-operation of Brothers Lomax and Gordon, privates in the Twelfth Mississippi Regiment, and Brothers Morrison and Leonard, of the Nineteenth. The two former, ministers of the Baptist, and of the latter, the second, Cumberland Presbyterian, and the first, Old School Presbyterian; also of Brother Duke, chaplain Nineteenth, Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Duke at this time received the appointment of captain of scouts, and went to Mississippi. Rev. A. E. Garrison, sergeant of the Forty-eighth Regiment also came forward about this time and co-operated. These meetings were now interrupted by the Gettysburg campaign. The men were on picket-duty at the foot of the hills below Fredericksburg, near that creek in the plateau. We had assembled for preaching. While engaged in prayer orders came to move on at once. When I arose from prayer, I found kneeling about me only three or four men; but the others were silently putting on their munitions and paying respectful and earnest attention to the prayer. The meeting was broken up; on the march, however, we continued the meetings as opportunities occurred, and just previous to the battle of Gettysburg we had services, and a number were baptized and received into the faith. When the army returned from this campaign, we were camped on Jones's Farm, near the Rapidan bridge. This was in September. The work now commenced in earnest. Rev. A. A. Lomax received the appointment of chaplain Sixteenth, Rev. A. E. Garrison, Forty-eighth, and G. R. Morrison, Nineteenth. The Sixteenth and Forty-eighth were placed in winter-quarters on the picket-line near the river, and the Nineteenth, with the Twelfth, on Jones's Farm. We remained in this camp from September to spring, when the campaign commenced against General Grant. And here was the scene of our greatest triumphs; cards had given place to the word of life, and the men were all eager in their desire to learn the will of God; and I found many of them prompt and earnest in assisting in the meetings, but more especially in hunting up the anxious, and furnishing me with the data. We had here the young converts' prayer-meeting, the sunrise prayer-meeting, frequently preaching at noon, and always at night, except when providentially hindered. The Christian Association met usually on Saturday. The following papers were received weekly and distributed in the Twelfth: Central Presbyterian, 50 copies; North Carolina Presbyterian, 20 copies; Southern Presbyterian, 12 copies; Religious Herald, 20 copies; Christian Observer, 8 copies; Advocate, Richmond, 15 copies; Advocate, Augusta, 15 copies; Soldier's Visitor and Friend, each (semi-weekly) 20 copies. Number per week, 160. Besides these, about 10,000 pages of tracts and a circulating library of fifteen or twenty volumes. For months I often preached once every day, and sometimes twice. Two Bible-classes were kept up most of the time, and in almost every regiment there were organizations for reading the Bible aloud at stated periods. *There was but one revival, which began as above-stated and continued according
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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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