for nearly a year and a half of our army association. His father a venerable Methodist minister of Nashville, Tennessee. Our wounded called to me for help. I took up Lieutenant Beasley and rode out, when the order to retire came. Went back and brought off three more of our boys; got an ambulance for Lieutenant Pryor, who could not sit on my horse—spent awhile with the Federal wounded. Saw Lieutenant Whitecotton, Third Georgia Battalion, wounded in the head. The three named are of our battalion. Two Federals, wounded in the back, asked me to have them carried to our quarters rather than the Federal. Another begged to be carried off. I was struck with the bright hazel eyes of the boy. His wound I thought was mortal. He was a member of the Methodist Church, son of a minister, I think; said his peace was made with God. I had him taken to our hospital. There the scene was shocking. Hundreds with bleeding wounds shivering around the fires patiently waiting their turn for the surgeon's services. The amputating knives were fast removing maimed limbs which were piled promiscuously by the house. Our loss 4,000 killed and wounded; 40 of our battalion. Federal loss three to our one on the left and centre. Stone's River, northwest of Murfreesboro, January:, 1863. Went out to the line to talk with the boys of our brigade; found them very serious; no swearing heard to-day at the front, where the troops are protected by rocks rudely piled up between them and the enemy's lines. Riding over the field of carnage I found many Federal wounded still on the field and had them carried to their hospital. Saw the body of General Sill. He was on the Federal left wing of the army at Perryville, when we came in contact with his division. Here he was on the right and was slain. He was buried near the Chattanooga Railroad. I also saw the body of Colonel Foreman, Fifteenth Kentucky, Federal. Talked for some time with the Federal wounded. January 2. Visited our brigade again to-day, where I found them yesterday. Went with Rev. Dr. James L. Coleman to visit his brother. They wept when they met; they lost a brother in battle two days ago. The doctor and I were schoolmates in Athens, Alabama, when I was quite a child. We are members of the same Conference now. General John C. Breckinridge made an attack late in the afternoon to turn the Federals' left flank. His loss was heavy. Among the mortally wounded I saw General Hanson, of Kentucky. His wife and sister were weeping above the dying general. January 3. Lieutenant Pryor died to-day. I talked to him of his future hopes. They were not such as he wished. I called on Chaplains W. C. Atmore, Fifteenth Kentucky; J. E. Reed, Thirty-eighth Illinois, and J. C. Thomas, Eighty-eighth Illinois, of the Federal army—an hour's conversation with them. Sunday, January 4. Last night General Bragg withdrew his army from Murfreesboro, and all day Sunday we were marching to Shelbyville, Tennessee. We went into camp on Duck River, by a church where I was pastor my second year in the Conference, six years ago. The Army of Tennessee remained in camp around Shelbyville, Tennessee, for full five months. Our division changed its camping place several times, but nearly all the time we were either on Duck River or Flat Creek in the bounds of my second pastoral charge, where I found many friends. It was well for me, for I was sick much of this time. The kindness and hospitality of the people were greatly appreciated. I give brief items from my journal of January to July, 1863. January l0. Met Rev. Dr. John B. McFerrin, Revs. J. R. McClure, John S. Davis, and W. P. Owen, of our Conference, and we had a charming conversation. Sunday, 18. Preached to Third and Ninth Georgia Battalions. Fair attendance. January 19. Rev. Dr. Joseph Cross and I spend the night with Rev. J. S. Malone, whose father is with him, a venerable minister of Kentucky, greatly afflicted.
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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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