is quite sick, but he enjoys religion. Had preached on Saturday and Sunday at Willis Chapel, in Lee county, Virginia. Large, serious congregation on Sunday. May 14. A very pleasant prayer-meeting on the mountain peak with the Georgians at twilight. May 18. Owing to rain, did not preach to our regiment in A. M., but did in the P. M., but rained us out at Third Georgia at night. Monday, May 19. Preached to-night for Third Georgia Battalion. By request of Captain McCullam, Company G, Forty-second Georgia, preached for that regiment on the night of May 22. Much pleased with the captain and that regiment. June 1. Preached at 8.30 A. M. at the corner-stone, and at 11 A. M. to the Twenty-ninth North Carolina, and in the afternoon heard Chaplain Quigg of the Forty-second Georgia. Secured sixty-seven subscribers for The Weekly Message, a holiness paper published by Mrs. Bumpass, of Greensboro, North Carolina. Wednesday night, June 4. Preached for Third Georgia Battalion. On the night of the 6th preached for Yeizer's Battery, and received Mr. John D. Baker, of Rome, Georgia, into the church. Sunday, June 8. Heard a sermon by Chaplain Lane of the Thirtieth Alabama, and then preached for the Eleventh Tennessee. Raised sixty-three subscribers for the Message in the two regiments. I desire the circulation of all the religious papers possible in our army. At night I visited our sick at the hospital at Tazewell, and saw a priest adminster the rite of extreme unction to a poor son of Erin, who was evidently near death's door. If the man was truly penitent and trusted in Christ for salvation, who doubts the grace of God was given in the pardon of his sins? I slept with the priest, Father Borgraph, the next night. June 10. I attended the funeral of General Robert Hatton at the Methodist church in Knoxville. He fell at the front of his command, while charging a battery at the battle of Chickahominy, in Virginia, a few days ago. The general was a member of our Church, and his father I had long known as a worthy minister of the Tennessee Conference. His widow is one of the most devout women I know. She has been abundant in good works. For eight years she was State Librarian. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Having been sick for some time, I was granted leave of absence for twenty days, and I took advantage of my short furlough to visit the Army of Mississippi, which I found encamped at Tupelo, Mississippi. There I met the following members of our Conference: Rev. Dr. F. S. Petway, Revs. J. H. Strayhorn, John Goal, J. W. Johnson, J. W. Cullom, J. D. Barbee, John A. Thompson, William H. Browning, J. B. Allison, Charles Dunham, and A. W. Smith, the latter just recovering from a shot through the lungs while bearing a comrade from the field of conflict. He was made major for his gallantry, but he filled the office for a while, and wisely resigned in order to become chaplain of a brigade; and he continued most earnest in his labors of love till the close of the war, and returned to Tennessee, and after several years' service in various stations, he finally died from the effects of his army wound, the most popular pastor ever at Columbia, Tennessee, and served the Church for a longer period there than any member of our Conference. Lieutenant Charles Dunham, a most worthy young minister, fell in battle during the war. I also visited Rev. Dr. D. C. Kelley, lieutenant-colonel of Forrest's renowned regiment of cavalry. The doctor was quite sick at Aberdeen. His record for gallantry is known and read of many, and needs no mention. These brethren, and others whose names are not noted here, were all active and abundant in labors for Christ in the camp at Tupelo, Mississippi, in June, 1862. During my stay with my brethren of the Army of Mississippi I had the privilege
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 : religious elements in the army.
Chapter 2 : influence of Christian officers.
Chapter 3 : influence of Christian officers—continued.
Chapter 4 : influence of Christian officers—concluded.
Chapter 5 : Bible and colportage work.
Chapter 6 : hospital work.
Chapter 7 : work of the chaplains and missionaries.
Chapter 8 : eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel .
Chapter 9 : State of religion in 1861 - 62 .
Chapter 10 : revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg .
Chapter 11 : the great revival along the Rapidan .
Chapter 12 : progress of the work in 1864 - 65 .
Chapter 13 : results of the work and proofs of its genuineness
Appendix: letters from our army workers.
Appendix no. 2 : the work of grace in other armies of the Confederacy .
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