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Seventh session.

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 [523] Jno. McGill, Fifty-second Virginia, was continued moderator, and, Brother Vass being absent, J. Wm. Jones, Thirteenth Virginia, was requested to act as secretary.

Brother B. T. Lacy made statements with reference to the death of General Jackson, relating many touching incidents connected with his last moments, and paid a feeling tribute to his memory. General Pendleton also made statements illustrative of the humble, earnest piety of the fallen hero. Upon suggestion of the moderator, the meeting then united in prayer that this sad affliction might be sanctified to the good of the army and the country. There was a shadow upon our hearts, for each chaplain felt that he had lost his best friend. On motion, a committee, consisting of Brother B. T. Lacy, Brother A. M. Marshall, Twelfth Georgia, and Brother Garland, Forty-ninth Virginia, were appointed to draw up resolutions expressive of the feeling of the chaplains of the corps on this sad affliction.

The following ministerial brethren were invited to participate in our deliberations: Miller, Harris, of Carrington's Battery, Lieutenant Bagby and Sergeant Bailey, Powhatan Artillery, Garrison and Robertson, chaplains in General Longstreet's Corps.

Reports were made on progress in securing chaplains for the vacant regiments. Brother Lacy reported that gratifying arrangements had been made, by which several able ministers would labor for a time as army missionaries. Brother J. Wm. Jones reported that he had secured appointments for three brethren, and had a number of other applications which he hoped soon to dispose of.

The committee on badges reported progress and asked to be continuedgranted. Adjourned with religious exercises to meet again next Tuesday, at the same place, if the army is in its present position.

J. Wm. Jones, Secretary pro tem.

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