kind to me—at times calling my attention to certain cases of the sick, at others making appointments for me to preach.’
Rev. S. A. Creath
, Army of Tennessee: ‘I am still following up the army, trying to be of service to them.
I saw 3,000 sick men. Started to work this morning before sun up, and by 9 A. M. had distributed 20,000 pages of tracts.
Several have professed religion, and the Lord
's blessing seems to be on us.’
Rev. J. A. Hughes
thus speaks of his labors at Atlanta
: ‘In going among the thousands in the hospitals, I have met with many things to gladden my heart, and to cause me to love the work.
I find a number of Christians; some tell me that camp-life has had a very unfavorable influence on their religious character; others say it has been of great service to them, that it has bound them closer to the Saviour, made them more acquainted with their own weakness and sins, and afforded them a fine field in which to labor for the souls of their fellow-men.
Some few hesitate to take a Testament, though they will accept a tract.
One man positively refused a Testament but took the tract, “A mother's parting words to her soldier boy,” by the reading of which he was deeply moved and became a true penitent, asked me to pray for him, and finally died in the triumphs of faith.
To a young man who felt himself a sinner I gave “Motives to Early
He was led to Christ
, whom he publicly confessed.
A soldier said to me on the street, “You are the gentleman who gave me a tract the other day. I had read it before, at home, but never has the reading of that book so affected me as of late; away from home and friends, it is doubly sweet.”
Three have professed conversion from reading, “Why will ye die?”
several from reading “A mother's parting words.”
A soldier told me “The call to prayer” had roused him to a sense of his duty as a professor of religion.’
Lately a colporteur at Lauderdale Springs, Miss.
, was distributing tracts, and a captain approached him and asked for one. ‘Select for yourself, captain,’ said he. The captain looked over them, and selected ‘Don't Swear,’ and began to read it aloud to the soldiers standing around, pausing occasionally to comment on the points made in the tract.
When he had finished, he exclaimed, ‘I am done swearing.
Take this,’ banding the colporteur a ten-dollar bill, ‘and send it to aid in bringing out another edition of this tract.’
Rev. E. A. Bolles
, General Agent
of the Bible
Societies in South Carolina
, said, in speaking of his work in the winter of 1861-62:
‘Three months ago I commenced the work of distribution among the soldiers on our coast under the auspices of the Executive Committee of the South Carolina
During this time several thousand copies of the Scriptures have been given away to needy and grateful soldiers, and thousands of copies are yet needed to meet the demand.
I may safely say that twenty thousand copies are needed for distribution among the soldiers on the coast.
I therefore earnestly appeal to the benevolent for funds to procure the Scriptures, so that the good work so successfully begun may be continued until every destitute soldier is supplied with the Word of Life.’
To this gentleman the chaplain of the Fifteenth South Carolina Regiment sent an encouraging report of the state of religion in his regiment:
‘The Testaments you sent to me were eagerly sought after by the men, many coming to me long after they were all distributed, and were much disappointed at not receiving one.
Could you send us some more they would be thankfully received and faithfully distributed.
As almost all the men lost their Bibles on Hilton Head
, our regiment is perhaps the most destitute on the coast.
I am happy to say there is much religious feeling pervading our regiment, and our nightly prayer-meetings are well attended, and I hope ere long the Lord
will bless us with an outpouring of His Holy Spirit.’
To the same the Lieutenant-Colonel
of the Tenth South Carolina Regiment wrote: