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The meeting then adjourned with the benediction, to meet on next Saturday, 25th inst., in this church, to hear Rev. Wm. N. Pendleton, D. D., on the chaplaincy.

L. C. Vass, Clerk.

Sixth session.

round Oak Church, April 25, 1863.
According to adjournment the chaplains met to-day to hear Rev. Wm. N. Pendleton on the chaplaincy. He did not appear, and Brother F. M. Kennedy, the last chairman, preached from Rom. XIV. 7, “For none of us liveth to himself.” He presented the law of mutual dependence, which pervades all nature, and is especially seen among intelligent, social beings; and showed how no man could escape influencing others; exhibited to the Christian the manner in which he should live for good to those around him; showed to the impenitent how malign was his example, and urged him to repent and do the works of the Gospel.

Brother Jno. McGill, of Fifty-second Virginia, was then elected chairman.

Brother J. M. Anderson, of Twelfth South Carolina, and Brother Robert Hardee, of Second Louisiana, Nichol's Brigade, enrolled their names.

Brother J. F. Watson, missionary chaplain, gave his name, and Brother Geo. Leyburn, agent of Petersburg Evangelical Tract Society, was invited to participate in our meetings.

Brother Gilmore suggested that some provision be made to keep the clerk supplied with paper for his duties, minutes, letters, etc.

The state of religious interest in our army was then considered.

Brother Anderson, of Fortieth Virginia, had ninety men and officers who were professors of religion in his regiment. He impressed on these the duty of prayer. The first case of conviction was a wild, thoughtless young man, who came forward and audibly asked for prayer for himself. Others had presented themselves since. He was much encouraged. Attendance good, and Christians praying.

Brother H. Gilmore, of Twenty-first Virginia, said that nine more had professed conversion in his regiment, many of whom were the most profane in it. Others were anxiously inquiring the way of life.

Brother F. M. Kennedy stated that the interest in Twenty-eighth North Carolina was undiminished. His meetings not interrupted by bad weather.

Brother Power, of Fourteenth North Carolina, reported a meeting of interest in progress in his regiment; many officers and others were concerned. His lieutenant-colonel, heretofore opposed to chaplains, so far as to think their labors of no consequence, has given himself to Christ, and was working for God. Others, disposed to hide their Church relationship, have come forward and given their names.

Brother Nelson, of Forty-fourth Virginia, reported about thirty conversions in all in his regiment. One backslider reclaimed in his regiment since our last meeting.

Brother Kennedy said that Brother Stough, of Thirty-seventh North Carolina, had had about forty conversions in his regiment; and enrolled and baptized a number to-day.

Brother J. P. Garland said he had a great report to make. One poor trembling soul had been converted to God, and there was joy in heaven. Six or seven were inquiring the way to Jesus.

Brother J. M. Anderson, Twelfth South Carolina, had been absent some months sick, and just returned. He saw that God was going to bless his regiment before he left. Since he returned, a few days ago, he had preached, and many flocked to preaching. There was a great change in this respect.

A member of Thirteenth Alabama (its chaplain being away, Brother Howell) stated that they had nightly prayer-meetings, and earnestly besought some minister to come and preach to them. He asked their prayers.


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