I am a great sinner! I have a pious mother—was brought up in the lap of the Church-studied my profession in N——, travelled and studied in Europe—came home and entered the army a skeptic and scoffer of religion.‘But,’ said he, “I see such a difference between the death of the believer and the unbeliever, the question has forced itself upon my mind, What makes the deference? I took from my trunk the Bible my mother gave me five years ago, making me promise to read it, which, in the excitement of worldly pleasures, I had wholly neglected. The sight of that heavenly book, just as it was when she gave it to me, with the remembrance of her parting kiss, her parting tear, her parting prayer, brought a little fountain of tears from my eyes and a prayer from my swelling heart.” ‘I read it and found the answer to the question, What makes the deference? In that beautiful text, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” I came here to night resolved to accept publicly the invitation of the gospel, which for two days and nights you have so earnestly urged upon this congregation. Oh, that I had submitted my stubborn heart to God years ago! I thank God that I am spared to bear testimony here to-night that Christ is able and willing to save the chief of sinners. Oh,’ said he, as his eyes filled with tears of joy, ‘that my dear mother knew that her prodigal son had returned to his Saviour! But she shall know as soon as a letter can reach her. Oh, that I could have told the congregation to-night what a great sinner I am and what a great Saviour I have found.’ ‘Well,’ said the chaplain, ‘with your permission I will give a statement of the cause of your awakening, and the state of your feelings of joy and gratitude tonight.’ The history of his case was given with thrilling effect. A writer said of General Johnston's army not long after the opening of the campaign from Dalton to Atlanta:
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