in one place religious services are observed with great effect.
The chaplains and missionaries work with zeal, and have much good fruit.
Let our friends at home thank God and take courage.
Hundreds of soldiers are coming to Jesus.
My health is good, though I feel weak with jaundice.
We now have at work in this army as missionaries from our Church: Revs. R. P. Ransom
, C. W. Miller
, Wellborn Mooney
, W. Barr
, Brother Allen, and your humble servant.’
A lieutenant in Buford
's Brigade, Army of Mississippi, wrote:
‘A glorious revival of religion has just closed in our brigade for want of more laborers.
The fruits of the meeting are a large number of conversions, and a still larger number of earnest penitents.
I believe all the mourners are in earnest and fully determined to accomplish their salvation.
We have in our regiment a very prosperous Christian Association, which meets every Wednesday night, and a prayer-meeting every night, which is always largely attended by an attentive audience.
Having no chaplain or preacher in the regiment, we feel that the work of the Lord
devolves upon the lay members; and quite a number of them take a lively interest in the great work-stand up boldly before the people as advocates for the cause of Christ
; and oh!
how beautiful it is to see the “young beginner,” boldly, yet tremblingly, pleading with God in behalf of his fellow-soldiers!
Pray for us, that the Lord
may prosper our efforts to advance his kingdom.’
Rev. A. D. McVoy
, writing to the Southern Christian Advocate
‘In the trenches the dull days are passed without improvement.
It is true we have splendid scenery, and these huge mountains enclose a magnificent theatre of war. We can climb the rugged sides of Lookout or Missionary Ridge
and look down upon two armies watching each other, hesitating to attack each other in their present positions.
But for the past two weeks the clouds have gathered thick and low over us and drenched the country with superabundance of rain.
The cold, mud, and rain, have produced great suffering and sickness among the troops; for we have been entirely without shelter in very exposed positions.
Up to the present very few flies have been furnished—no tents.
In our field hospital we have over three hundred and fifty sick from our brigade (Clayton
But in the midst of these hardships the work of salvation steadily progressed.
‘I never saw,’ says Mr. McVoy
men who were better prepared to receive religious instruction and advice.
In fact, they earnestly desired and greatly appreciated the attention of the chaplains and missionaries in this respect.
The dying begged for our prayers and our songs.
Every evening we would gather around the wounded and sing and pray with them.
Many wounded, who had hitherto led wicked lives, became entirely changed, and by their vows and determinations evinced their purpose to devote themselves to God.
Most of those who died in a conscious state gave gratifying and satisfactory testimony of the efficacy of the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ in a dying hour.
I witnessed some triumphant deaths—prayer and praise from dying lips.
One young Tennesseean, James Scott, of the Thirty-second Tennessee, I think, attracted the attention of all. He continually begged us to sing for him and to pray with him. He earnestly desired to see his mother before he died, which was not permitted, as she was in the enemy's lines, and he died rejoicing in the grace of God.
We will long remember Jimmie Scott.
An attractive countenance, pleasing manners, he endured his intense suffering with great fortitude; not a murmur or complaint was heard from him, and his strong religious faith sustained him to his dying moment.
I might go on and describe many scenes like the above to show how our wounded boys die. They know how to fight, and many of them know how to die.
The devotion of the ladies of the South
to the sick and wounded soldiers was so earnest, unselfish, and untiring, that it will stand forever as an example of true heroism.