of preaching to the soldiers, nightly, of the following commands: Fifth, Eighth, Seventeenth, Twenty-fourth, Twenty-fifth, and Thirty-seventh Tennessee, and Sixteenth Alabama Regiments. On the 21st of June, while visiting the sick of the Twenty-fourth Tennessee Regiment, I found a young soldier dying, far from his home. I read the Fifty-first Psalm, and, while telling him of Christ, the Saviour of sinners, he made a happy profession of faith and was baptized, and exhorted his comrades to make ready for death. This army is well supplied now with preachers. I returned as I came, via Mobile, Montgomery, Atlanta, and Chattanooga, preaching at the latter place. On my return to East Tennessee, July 3, 1862, I found our troops at Bean's Station, having evacuated Cumberland Gap in my absence. I gave our soldiers a talk on the 4th, chiefly incidents of my visit to our friends in the Department of Mississippi. At night preached to a large congregation. Sunday, July 6.9.30 A. M. had a good attendance of the Fourth Tennessee at preaching. At 4 P. M. preached to a large congregation of the Third Georgia. Excellent service. A youth of that command came to speak with me alone. He seemed very serious. He wished to know if one who had been converted fell into sin might hope for pardon and heaven. I offered him the precious promises of God's word for his encouragement. I have reason to hope the word spoken to-day has been as seed sown in good ground. July 9. Preached to the Fourth Tennessee at night. Bean's Station, East Tennessee, Sunday, July 13. Small congregation at the morning service of the Fourth Tennessee. At 4 P. M. went over the mountain and preached to the Twenty-ninth North Carolina. Thorn Hill, East Tennessee, July 20. Chaplain Stricklend, of the Georgia Conference and Fortieth Georgia Regiment, preached us a plain, practical sermon on profanity at 9 A. M. At 11 A. M. I preached for his regiment—good attention. At 4 P. M. we heard Brother Wexler preach to the Twenty-ninth North Carolina on the riches of the grace of the gospel. I held his prayer meeting for him at night. July 21. Talked to Sergeant Baker, who resolves to lead a new life. July 22. Preached at night for the Eleventh Tennessee Regiment—good attention. July 25. Prayer meeting for our regiment at Thorn Hill. Sunday, July 27th, preached at 9 A. M. to Fourth Tennessee. At 10 1/2 heard Chaplain Wexler on the First Psalm. I preached at 3 P. M. to the Third Georgia, and at night to the Eleventh Tennessee. Trust that in the three talks some good was accomplished. Sunday, August 3. Rev. Allen Tribble came out from Middle Tennessee last week. He preached for us at 9 A. M. At 11 I preached at the guard line to soldiers and citizens in the church. In the afternoon our regiment marched over to Clinch River, and I preached there at night. August 6. A severe skirmish on Walden's Ridge. We lost about ten killed and forty wounded. I helped to dress the wounds of the Federal soldiers; captured Sergeant-Major Smith and Mr. Mapps, of the Sixteenth Ohio. August 7. I assisted in the burial of Captain Edgar, Sixteenth Ohio Regiment, and a private soldier. Sergeant Tipton, of his company, wept when he saw the face of his dead captain. I talked with the captured prisoners. Walden's Ridge, near Tazewell, East Tennessee, Sunday, August 10, 1862. At 9 A. M. preached on the left wing of the Fourth and right wing of the Eleventh Tennessee Regiments. Heard Chaplain Wexler preach to the Twenty-ninth North Carolina at 10 1/2 A. M. on purity of person, thought, purpose, affection, word and action. I preached for Third Georgia in the afternoon and Rains' regiment at night. Talked to the Federal prisoners. Tazewell, Tennessee, August 13, 1862. Having served the Fourth Tennessee
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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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