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[517] An interesting letter from Dr. Harvey Black to Dr. McGuire, surgeon in charge of the Corps Hospital, was read, in which he earnestly solicited the appointment of a chaplain for his hospital. The following resolution was adopted with reference to this letter:

Whereas, The labors of a minister in the receiving hospital of Lieutenant-General Jackson's Corps is greatly desired by the sick soldiers; and whereas, a gratifying appeal for such services has been made by Dr. H. Black, the surgeon in charge of said hospital; therefore,

Resolved, That we deeply appreciate the importance of such an appointment, and will gladly aid in procuring the services of an efficient chaplain; and that we will endeavor, in the meanwhile, to supply the deficiency by an apportionment of the labors among ourselves.

Brothers Meredith, Grandin and Vass volunteered their services to labor a portion of the next three weeks in the hospital.

Brother L. C. Vass, of the Twenty-seventh Virginia Infantry, was temporarily substituted in place of Brother Hopkins (now sick) on the committee for obtaining chaplains for our army.

After some further conversation and devotional exercises, the meeting adjourned, with the understanding that they would convene again on April 14, 1863, at this place, when Brother Nelson would preach the opening sermon.

Fourth session.

round Oak Church, April 14, 1863.
The chaplains met, according to adjournment, at this place. Brother James Nelson, of the Forty-fourth Virginia Infantry, the last chairman, opened the meeting with a sermon from Romans i. 16, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,” etc.

Brother B. T. Lacy, missionary chaplain in the corps, was elected chairman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Rev. A. R. Benick, of the Thirty-fourth North Carolina Infantry, Pender's Brigade, and Rev. E. B. Barrett, of the Forty-fifth Georgia, appeared and gave in their names.

The progress of religion in our army since our last meeting was the first subject taken up.

Brother Nelson, of the Forty-fourth Virginia, reported ten conversions in his regiment, among whom was one of its most prominent officers. A number were still concerned deeply. General Trimble had excused the men from drill to attend preaching.

Brother Gilmore, of the Twenty-first Virginia, reported about fifteen penitents and one convert. Congregation last night large and attentive.

Brother L. C. Vass, of the Twenty-seventh, reported the work of grace still progressing in the Stonewall Brigade. He held an interesting communion on last Sabbath, admitted a number to the Lord's Supper, and baptized several.

In Brother Smith's (Sixtieth Georgia) Regiment there had been many conversions since the last meeting.

Brother Strickler, of the Fifth Louisiana, preached to the Ninth Louisiana on Sabbath. They turned out almost to a man.

Brother Howell, of the Thirteenth Alabama, had no interest till the past week in his regiment. Church-members were revived. There were many mourners, and a few conversions. No other chaplain in the five regiments in his brigade (Archer's).

Brother Cameron, of the Twenty-sixth Alabama, reported great interest since the last meeting; several conversions and additions to his Church; men enjoying religion; he is the only chaplain in Rodes's Brigade.

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