Like meetings were held in other camps of the same army at some ten, twenty, and thirty miles from us. Brothers Jewell and Winfield, of Camden, were zealously and constantly engaged in the great work in the encampment near their homes, and were very successful.
At Three-Creeks I had the efficient aid of Brothers Talbott, Minchell, and Dryden, from Missouri, and a Baptist chaplain from Arkansas, whose name I do not remember.
To sum up the results of these gracious revivals in the army, we may safely say that at Three-Creeks there were 500 conversions.
Under Brothers Winfield and Jewell there were 300.
At Camden and Camp Bragg there were 200.
Making in all in Arkansas 1,000 souls.
To show the genuineness of this work of grace upon the lives of these converts, we have to remark that after our camp was broken up, and the army was put upon the march to distant fields, wherever we went into camp but for a night our boys held prayer-meetings every night, greatly to the astonishment of the people in the country who were witnesses of their devotion.
After the army was disbanded, in riding through the country in Arkansas and Texas, I met with some of our converts, who had returned to their families and parents, and they were still true to their profession and evinced a decidedly firm Christian character.
The parents of some of those young men have since told me that in place of having the characters and habits of their sons ruined by being in the army they had returned to them as happy Christian men.
Beyond the Mississippi
, as Dr. Kavanaugh
has already related, his work and that of his co-laborers was greatly blessed of God.
In a letter to Bishop Paine
, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, he gave a report of the revival and its results in two months:
General Fagan's Arkansas Brigade—Members received into Army church, 209; conversions, 85. General Churchill's Arkansas Brigade—Joined the Army church, 112; converted, 35. General Tappan's Arkansas Brigade—Joined, 245; converted, 40. General Parsons' Mississippi Brigade—Joined, 85; converted, 35.
Total members Army church, 651; conversions, 195.
The Army church was organized before my arrival; gotten up by Brother Marvin (now Bishop Methodist Episcopal Church, South,) aided by others.
It has worked well.
In Tappan's Brigade the devoted chaplains have built a large log-church, 60 by 30 feet, and are determined to keep up their meetings.
I dedicate it next Sunday.
I am greatly delighted with my work on this side of the river.
I have gone into it with all my energy, and indeed over-did my strength the first round; but as the weather is not so favorable for out-door work this round I shall not be able to preach so often.
It is truly delightful to see the work prosper in our hands as it has done for the past two months.
The army here has gone into winter quarters.
Every brigade is well provided with log-huts, and with all that is necessary for their comfort while in camp.
The following is the Constitution
of the Army church
organized by Brother Marvin: