the days of Pentecost
equal to this wonderful work of the Holy Spirit
of God in our army.
If ever there was a mighty, an imperative call upon us, it is now. If we do not rise to the occasion, our Church will degrade herself before the world and before other denominations.’
Of his work after the battle of Chickamauga Dr. J. B. McFerrin
The revival in the army progressed up to the time of the Chickamauga fight; and even since, notwithstanding the condition of the troops moving to and fro, or engaged in erecting fortifications, the good work in some regiments still goes on. The good accomplished by the ministry of the word will never be appreciated by the Church till the light of eternity shall reveal it. Some of the fruits have already ripened; souls converted in the army have gone to the rest that remains to the people of God.
The chaplains and missionaries will have many seals to their ministry.
Oh! how joyful to think of being the honored instruments of bringing brave souls in the tented field to enlist under the banner of the Captain of our salvation.
Since I last wrote to you I have witnessed much suffering in the army.
The terrible fight at Chickamauga sent many to their long homes, and made cripples for life of hundreds who were not mortally wounded; but, my dear brother, to witness the dying triumph of a Christian soldier gives one a more exalted appreciation of our holy Christianity.
A scene at Jackson, Mississippi
, when all day long shot and shell were rained upon the city by the enemy, has been thus described by an officer of the Twentysixth South Carolina Regiment, General Evans
‘As the night shades were covering the wounded, dying, and dead, our zealous and beloved chaplain, Rev. W. S. Black
, of the South Carolina
Conference, gave notice to the different commanders of companies that he would like to have a word of prayer with and for them, indicating the centre of the line as the most suitable place.
It would have made your heart glad to see those brave and half-starved soldiers (who had had but one meal a day for several days, and at this time were breaking their fast for the first time that day) throwing down their victuals and flocking to the indicated spot.
The chaplain gave out his hymn, and then officers and men united in singing the praises of God.
Oh! how we felt to praise and adore Him who had been our preserver through the storms of the day; and when it was said “Let us pray,” I imagine that I (with many others) had never more cheerfully humbled ourselves in the dust, and lifted our hearts to God in believing prayer.
It seemed to be (of all others) the time to pray!
The missiles of death, the music of the distant cannon, and the sharp, cracking sound of the sharpshooters' guns, were in striking contrast with the hallelujahs and praises of that devoted band of Christian soldiers.
At such a sight angels might gaze with astonishment and admiration.
Our blessed Saviour, whose ear is always open to the plaintive cry, drew near and comforted our hearts.
Some of us felt that all would be well both in life and death.’
Rev. Dr. B. T. Kavanaugh
, one of the most efficient laborers in Price
's command, wrote to Dr. W. W. Bennett
the following account of the revivals in that corps, on both sides of the Mississippi
Among those who came out of Missouri with General Price's army were John R. Bennett (your brother), W. M. Patterson, Nathaniel M. Talbott, and myself, besides Brothers Minchell, Harris, Dryden, and McCary. Subsequently we were joined by Brother E. M. Marvin (now Bishop) and others.
But little visible effects followed our preaching for the first year or two, while the soldier's life was a novelty; but, after two years hard service, the romance of the soldier's life wore off, and a more sober and serious mood seemed to prevail in our camps.
The first decided revival that occurred under my observation and ministry was