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[515] Vass, Twenty-Seventh Virginia; J. M. Grandin, Thirty-third Virginia; A. C. Hopkins, Second Virginia; J. William Jones, Thirteenth Virginia; J. P. Garland, Fortyninth Virginia; Paul C. Morton, Twenty-third Virginia; James Nelson, Forty-fourth Virginia; Harvey Gilmore, Twenty-first Virginia; B. T. Lacy, acting missionary in corps, Virginia.

Major Isaac Hardman, Captain O. T. Evans and Rev. T. W. Harris were invited to sit as corresponding members.

Several important subjects with regard to the chaplain's work were discussed familiarly by those present. Among these was the administration of the Lord's Supper. Its importance as regards Christian growth in grace, and the conversion of sinners, was urged; and touching and profitable remarks on this subject were made by several brethren. All agreed to the necessity, duty and profit of frequent communion seasons in our army.

Also, brethren considered the nature of the sweeping charges brought against chaplains and chaplaincies generally, in consequence of the deficiencies and delinquencies of some who hold that office. It was agreed that the odium brought upon the office by a few must be lived down by the rest.

Also, it was urged upon every chaplain that, in view of the entire destitution of many regiments of religious worship, he should seek to do some missionary work around his own regiment or brigade.

Resolved, That wherever regiments are without chaplains we will, as far as practicable, urge the importance of having a chaplain, and will afford every facility in our power when desired to have such regiments suitably supplied.

Resolved, That a committee be appointed by the chair to draw up an address, urging the imperative duty of humility and penitence on the part of the Church at home under the chastening rod of God, and setting forth also the spiritual wants of our army, and the encouragements and discouragements to chaplains' labors therein.

The chair appointed on this committee: Rev. James Nelson from Trimble's Division, Rev. J. William Jones from Early's Division, Rev. W. C. Power from D. H. Hill's Division, Rev. F. M. Kennedy from A. P. Hill's Division, and Rev. B. T. Lacy.

Resolved, That this body, after adjournment, meet here on Tuesday, 24th inst., at 11 A. M.

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to designate the time and place of meeting in case we cannot assemble as above determined.

Rev. J. P. Garland and Rev. J. William Jones, of Fourth Brigade, Early's Division, and Rev. B. T. Lacy, were appointed on this committee.

After singing and prayer, the meeting then adjourned.

Second session.

round Oak Church, Tuesday, March 24, 1863.
According to previous adjournment, the chaplains met this morning.

Rev. A. D. Betts, Thirtieth North Carolina Infantry, was chosen Chairman, and Rev. L. C. Vass, Twenty-seventh Virginia Infantry, was continued as Permanent Clerk.

Rev. George E. Booker, chaplain of the Forty-eighth Virginia Infantry, Rev. A. W. Moore, Fourteenth Georgia, and Rev. A. L. Stough, Thirty-seventh North Carolina Infantry, appeared and gave in their names.

An invitation was extended to the Christian brethren present to participate in our deliberations.

The minutes were read and approved.

The committee to draw up an address to the Churches reported. The address was read, and after some slight changes approved.


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