prayer-meetings two or three times a week, and worship in my room every night.
We also have a Young Men's Christian Association, Masonic meetings, etc. I attend all of these and fill out the rest of my time by reading the Bible
We have had some precious religious times.
There have been about one hundred conversions; colonels, majors
, captains, and lieutenants, being among the number.’
A lieutenant writes thus: ‘I am glad to state that I am a better man than when you saw me last.
There are about two thousand officers here, and I never have seen so great a change in the morals of any set of men as has been here in the last four months.’
The incidents of the campaign for this season are rich in spiritual fruits.
In hospital and on the open field the Christian
soldiers met death bravely.
Said a young Kentuckian to a minister who asked him, ‘Do you think you will recover?’
‘No,’ said he, ‘tell my brother that I died in a holy cause, and am ready to meet God.’
It is now, in times of great peace, a matter of wonder how men could calmly worship under the fire of formidable batteries.
‘Late one afternoon,’ says Rev. C. W. Miller
, writing of the scenes on the retreat from Dalton
, “the firing along the line had lulled, and the writer called the brigade together for worship.
A chapter from the Holy Book
had been read, a song sung, and several fervent prayers offered.
Presently, while a soldier was praying, and all were devoutly kneeling before God, a distant report as of the discharge of artillery was heard; then in an instant whirr, whirr, whirr—boom
! went a 32-pound shell just above our heads, and buried its fragments in the hillside a little beyond us. But the ‘devout soldier’ prayed on. Another and another shell shrieked
above us, but the prayer was regularly finished, the preacher pronounced the benediction, and the men went to their casemates
, as they called their holes in the ground.
I have related this incident to show you how indifferent men become to danger under the indurating influence of war.”
gives this interesting statement:
Let us now for a moment leave these noble Christian soldiers, in their happy meetings under the fire of musketry and cannon, and look in upon their comrades who languished in Northern prisons.
We have before us a letter, written from Fort Delaware to the Christian Observer, giving an account of a revival among the Confederate officers there confined.
They had in the morning at half-past 9 an “inquirer's prayer-meeting;” at 12 M. “the professor's prayer-meeting, where the Church-members pray for each other, leading the meeting in turn.”
‘It was a new business to me,’ says the writer,
when my turn came, but you must know I am preparing for the work and must learn.
God's help enabled me to get along tolerably well.
He always fits the instrument for his work.
We get a mail daily, morning papers at noon, and boxes of nick-nacks come promptly when our friends start them.
All the officers here (and there are about 600) seem to be in good health and spirits.
The general health of all on the Island is good, considering the number of privates (6,000) confined here.
All seem to enjoy themselves; and, altogether, there are worse prisons than Fort Delaware.
We have a large lot to play in. We have here in our barracks three ministers—Rev. Dr. Handy, of the Presbyterian Church of Portsmouth, Virginia; and Captain Harris, of Georgia, and Captain Samford, of Texas, local Methodist preachers.
A revival of religion has been in progress for two weeks—17 converts, many backsliders reclaimed, and a refreshing season to old professors, numbering 150 reported names.
These are among the results of the revival.
Rev. Dr. Kavanaugh
reports over 500 conversions in two brigades in the Southwest
He says in his report:
Wicked men come into the congregation, or into the outskirts of it, and are suddenly stricken down and fall to the earth, and remain for hours speechless and apparently unconscious.
Some of their friends became alarmed for them and spoke