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Brother F. M. Kennedy, of Twenty-eighth North Carolina, was selected as chairman. Abstract of the minutes of last meeting was read and approved.

Brother J. N. Bouchelle, of Thirteenth South Carolina Infantry, and Brother Geo. Slaughter, Fifty-eighth Virginia Infantry, appeared and gave their names to the clerk.

Conversation on the state of religion, was, as usual, our first business.

Brother Kennedy reported that since last week there had been some twenty or thirty penitents in his regiment (Twenty-eighth North Carolina), and several had expressed a desire to join the Church. He has prospect of a gracious work. There was a great improvement in the observance of the Sabbath. He had nearly three hundred members of the Church in his regiment of eight hundred men.

Brother Nelson, Forty-fourth Virginia, reported the work of grace still in progress: fifteen in his regiment had professed saving faith. He mentioned several incidents showing the change for the better in his regiment, and the power of tracts.

Brother Power said that, his regiment being absent, he had been preaching for Brother Betts in Thirtieth North Carolina, where a large number were concerned, among them a prominent officer (the colonel), a man of large influence at home, but heretofore unconcerned.

Brother Vass, of Twenty-seventh Virginia, stated that God was still signally present in the Stonewall (Paxton's) Brigade. Congregations large and many seeking after Jesus. He explained the mode adopted for receiving converts into the Church, viz.: by careful examination, public profession and then sending a certificate home to whatever Church the party wished to join.

Brother B. T. Lacy, more encouraged than ever, preached on Sabbath morning to a large and important congregation assembled at the corps' Headquarters. Many generals and their staffs were present. There seemed to be deep feeling with some.

On Sabbath afternoon and on Saturday preached to large and interested assemblies. He also felt encouraged about the little prayer-meeting held at headquar-ters, and stated one or two incidents to show his ground of encouragement.

Brother Grandin, of Thirty-third, had administered, with Brother Booker's aid (Forty-eighth Virginia), the communion on Sabbath to his regiment. He thought there must have been over one hundred communicants. He baptized four. His heart was cheered and he greatly built up.

Brother Marshall, of Twelfth Georgia Infantry, stated that in his regiment, and in the Forty-fourth Georgia, a very interesting state exists. He holds his services nightly, and at the last meeting there were some twenty-five to thirty inquirers.

Brother Cameron reported the good work still going on in his (Twenty-sixth Alabama) regiment. Some thirty or forty interested.

Brother McGill, of Fifty-second Virginia, and Benick, of Thirty-fourth North Carolina, were glad to state that though no marked revolution was going on in their regiments, yet there was a considerable external improvement.

Brother J. W. Jones, Thirteenth Virginia, had a very pleasant change in his regiment. Several awakened. One most wicked man, deeply concerned. Cardplaying and profanity were checked.

He practised an interchange with brother-chaplains in receiving into the Church.

Several regiments manifested their desire very signally to procure chaplains.

There were some reports made as to progress in procuring chaplains; correspondence with some, etc.; but nothing of a permanent character to need record.

The committee on “badge for chaplains” was continued, with instructions to report at next meeting what sort of badge the chaplains should wear, if any, and its cost.

The question, “Where ought chaplains to be in battle?” was somewhat agitated, but left for the next meeting.

Brother J. N. Bouchelle, of Thirteenth South Carolina, agreed to go to the hospital this week, and Brother Geo. Slaughter, Fifty-eighth Virginia, next week.


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