January 24. The Eleventh Tennessee, so long with our command, is transferred, and we got the Thirty-ninth North Carolina in lieu of the Eleventh, which we give up with real regret. Sunday, 25. Heard a short, sensible sermon at the Presbyterian church, from Rev. Dr. Pease, of the Episcopal Church. Congregation composed largely of officers. In the afternoon preached in camp to our own command. Shelbyville, Tennessee, Sunday, February I. Heard Dr. Cross, Methodist, in the forenoon, and Dr. Teasdale, of the Baptist Church, Mississippi, in the afternoon preach to large congregations. At night I preached for Chaplain Bennett to the Twelfth Tennessee Regiment. February 7. Met Charles J. Amos, a colporteur of the Tract Society of Richmond, Virginia. Sunday, 8. Rev. Dr. Quintard (now bishop) preached at the Presbyterian church. I preached to the Third and Ninth Georgia Battalions, and Twenty-ninth North Carolina Regiment in the afternoon. Shelbyville, Tennessee, February 18. The first meeting of our chaplains in this army was at the Presbyterian church to day. Rev. Dr. Bryson, Presbyterian, in the chair; Rev. Mr. Bowde acting as Secretary. Ten chaplains present. A paper was read on regiments destitute of chaplains. Also the destitution of Bibles, Testaments, tracts, etc., and the need of a Department Agent to visit the hospitals in the rear and secure post and regimental chaplains, secure donations for religious reading, and otherwise promote the spiritual interests of the army. Rev. Dr. Quintard was recommended to Lieutenant-General Polk for the agency of our corps. Sunday, March 1. Heard a very practical sermon at the Presbyterian church by Dr. Quintard. In the afternoon preached to our own command. March 7. A tornado visited Shelbyville to-day, unroofing the Baptist church, demolishing other buildings, and yet but one man was killed. Sunday, March 8. Rev. A. S. Riggs preached at Wesley chapel and administered the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper—Revs. E. J. Allen, J. B. Stevenson, Wm. Anthony, Thomas Moody and myself, of our Conference, among the communicants. A precious communion. Sunday, March 15. Rev. Dr. Bunting, Presbyterian chaplain of Terry's Texas Rangers, preached to a thousand men of Ector's and Vance's brigade. I preached in the afternoon. March 16. Dr. Petway went with me to the chaplains' meeting. Eight present. Each gave his own experience and manner of work in the army. Committees were appointed to select a badge to be worn by chaplains, and the best manner of performing their work. My name was on each committee. Chaplain Milliken, Baptist, offered a resolution, with remarks, that we devote ourselves more fully to our peculiar work of saving souls. Also, that half an hour of each meeting be devoted to social prayer. Our meetings are becoming more spiritual. March 17. In visiting the brigade hospital I found Mr. Bankston, of our battalion, very low—perhaps will die. Has been serving God for ten years; is not afraid to die, and with faltering voice gave glory to God. March 19. General W. B. Bate takes command of our brigade and General A. P. Stewart of our division, the latter an eminent educator of Tennessee and an exemplary member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Sunday, March 22. Dr. J. B. McFerrin preached with great power to our brigade on purity. Regret to learn that Chaplain Crouch, of Armstrong's Brigade, was killed at Thompson Station 5th or 6th instant. March 24. At an interesting meeting of our chaplains Brother Bennett and I were appointed to wait on Lieutenant-General Polk and see if he could and would dispense with the inspection of arms on Sunday. The general received us with
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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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