Brother Smith, of Sixtieth Georgia, remarked that the work goes bravely on in his brigade. Some fifty came forward as penitents on Saturday previous. He had obtained some four or five hundred Testaments for his brigade. On Sunday, thirty odd names were put in hat on slips of paper, asking for prayers. Several who had fallen back into the world had come out and taken their former positions. Brother Marshall had much interest in his regiment. Many inquirers. His colonel never lets drills interfere with preaching. His prayer-meeting possessed great interest. Brother Jones, of Thirteenth Virginia, had some encouraging circumstances in his regiment. One had decided for Christ, and another was seeking an interest in Him. Brother Hardee, of Second Louisiana, mentioned the case of a man condemned to be shot in his regiment, and asked prayers for him. We then united in prayer to God; were led by Brother Anderson, of Twelfth South Carolina. On Brother Garland's proposition we agreed to pray every afternoon for the sentenced man in Second Louisiana, at the hour of prayer for chaplains, until next Friday morning. The subject of the proper position of chaplains in battle was then taken up. Much conversation was had on this topic. Many chaplains stated what had been their habits. Some had gone regularly into battle with a musket. The opinion of many prominent officers was stated; and the general conclusion was as follows: No absolute rule can be laid down. A chaplain shall be wherever duty calls him, irrespective of danger. But ordinarily it is thought wrong for him to take a musket. Some shall be in charge of the ambulances, some at the field infirmaries and some at the point where the litter-bearers meet the ambulances, and where many die. The chaplain should ascertain the opinion of his regiment on this subject. Brother Geo. Leyburn gave us some information about the Petersburg Evangelical Tract Society. He expressed his gratification with this meeting. The committee on the badge was continued, that they might ascertain the cost of several devices. Brother Lacy was requested to communicate to General Pendleton our desire to hear him at our next meeting. Adjourned with singing and benediction till next Tuesday week, May 5, 1863.
L. C. Vass, Secretary.
round Oak Church, Tuesday, May 12.[The session appointed for May 5 was prevented by the battles of ‘Second Fredericksburg’ and Chancellorsville.] At 12 o'clock General Pendleton preached on the duties and responsibilities of the chaplain's work from the text: “Study to show thyself approved of God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy II. 15. He spoke earnestly of the importance of our work, and cautioned against a natural tendency to indolence and sloth. He urged as essential qualifications for the work, ‘personal piety,’ ‘an appreciation of the value of the soul,’ and ‘a right impression of the dignity and value of our office,’ and gave practical directions for the attainment of these qualifications. He then noticed the ‘difficulties’ and ‘encouragements’ we meet in the chaplaincy, and in conclusion urged upon chaplains to be “stirred up to their great work” and especially seek to improve the season of repose which we are now having. After a short intermission the chaplains were called to order. On motion, Brother