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Resolved, That the committee that prepared the address, with Rev. George T. T. Williams added, be requested to publish the address in the religious organs of the several Churches.

Resolved, That a committee of two from each division, with Brother Lacy as chairman, be appointed as a committee of correspondence to facilitate the introduction of chaplains into the regiments of our corps.

The following committee was appointed for this purpose:

A. P. Hill's Division—F. M. Kennedy and George T. T. Williams.

Trimble's Division—A. C. Hopkins and James Nelson.

D. H. Hill's Division—A. M. Marshall and A. D. Betts.

Early's Division—John McGill and J. William Jones.

B. T. Lacy as chairman.

Here the body spent some time in singing and prayer, in thanking God for His goodness to us, and beseeching His blessings on our future labors.

The proper observance of the day of fasting, humiliation and prayer appointed by President Davis was then discussed. Plans of diffusing our labors were suggested and urged; also, prayer for a wide and deep revival of pure and undefiled religion in our army.

Then followed a lengthy and interesting conversation about the chaplain's private work in his regiment, by conversation, etc. The great importance of a regular, constant and tender pastoral oversight over the flock under his charge was shown by the statement and experience of many, and was acknowledged by all, and there were resolves made for greater faithfulness in future.

Here the subject of some further provision for the chaplain's efficiency was discussed, e.g., his need of a tent for study, prayer-meetings, private conversations with inquirers, etc., and of forage for a horse. No resolutions were passed.

Brother Betts was appointed to preach at the opening of the next meeting.

The body then adjourned with prayer, to meet at this place on next Tuesday at 11 A. M.

Third session.

round Oak Church, April 7, 1863.
No regular meeting on last Tuesday because of weather.

According to previous appointment, Brother A. D. Betts, of the Thirtieth North Carolina Infantry, preached the opening sermon from Acts VIII. 39, “And he went on his way rejoicing.”

The body was called to order, and Brother James Nelson, of the Forty-fourth Virginia Infantry, was elected chairman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

In addition to former chaplains present, there appeared J. M. Meredith, of the Forty-seventh Virginia Infantry, J. M. Anderson, of the Fortieth Virginia, John McGill, of the Fifty-second Virginia Infantry, John Paris, of the Fifty-fourth North Carolina Infantry, S. H. Smith, of the Sixtieth Georgia Infantry, William E. Cameron, of the Twenty-sixth Alabama, T. H. Howell, Thirteenth Alabama, and Dr. William M. Strickler, acting chaplain of the Fifth Louisiana.

Christian brethren present were invited to take part in our discussions.

Conversation on the progress of religion in the army was made the order of the day. Interesting narratives of God's wondrous work in converting souls were given by several of the brethren. Many souls had been brought to repose in Jesus, and much interest was still prevailing.

The meeting engaged then in prayer, and in returning thanks to God for His mercies to us and His presence with us.

The cause of the dear, suffering sick among the soldiers was then taken up.


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