marked courtesy and assured us that there should be no interference with our hours for religious service. He talked at length of his home arrangements for the cleanliness and comfort of his slaves on his plantation, and promised to afford all facilities in his power to aid us in our spiritual services for the soldiers. I was favorably impressed with our bishop-general. March 27. At the brigade hospital Sergeant Anderson, Thirty-ninth North Carolina, told me of his happy profession of religion yesterday. This has been appointed by President Davis as a day of fasting and prayer. I preached to the Twenty-ninth and Thirty-ninth North Carolina Regiments, and raised fifty-nine subscribers for The Message. Shelbyville, Sunday, March 29. Preached for the presiding elder, Rev. A. S. Riggs, at 11 A. M. Among those who took the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper I observed Colonels Armstrong, Bell, and Vance, Rev. Colonel Reed, C. P. Church and Supreme Judge Wright. In the afternoon I preached at the brigade hospital for the sick and wounded. March 30. Consultation with Chaplains McDonald and Malloy on our plan of army work. Mr. Ford, of the Third Georgia Battalion, brother of Rev. Mr. Ford, of Georgia, died to-day. A good man ready to go; a member of our church. His brother was with him. March 31. Ten chaplains at our meeting to-day. Sunday, April 5. Preached in the forenoon to our brigade; in the afternoon to the Ninth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Regiments of Ector's Texas Brigade. I raised 150 subscriptions for The Message. Brothers Morris and Finney organized a Christian Association of between forty and fifty members. I found Colonel Camp, of the Fourteenth Texas, reading his Bible. His banner is inscribed with “In God we trust.” He is a Methodist and has the appearance of a Christian. Shelbyville, Tennessee, May 6. Rev. S. S. Moody, my first presiding elder, and as pure and devout a Christian minister as I ever knew, died in great peace at his home near the city to-day. He leaves a model family—his eldest son a minister, in charge of the churches near our encampment. May 7. Rev. Dr. J. B. McFerrin preached at the funeral of Brother Moody to-day. A revival reported in Ector's Texas Brigade—seventeen conversions to date. I began a meeting in our brigade to-night. May 8. Prayer meeting under a large beech tree; twenty penitents at the place of prayer. May 9. Captain Wilson conducted service to-night; twenty-four penitents. Thos. Scott, Twenty-ninth North Carolina, and Chas. Bruce, Thirty-seventh Georgia, professed conversion. Sunday, May 10. I preached to a large congregation at 10 A. M.—several at the camp altar for prayer. At 4 P. M. we organized the ‘Soldiers’ Religious Association for our regiment. A number joined. At night Captain Wilson conducted the meeting. Many penitents. The Thirty-ninth North Carolina Regiment built us a rude camp altar of logs and we were ready for a general revival, as we thought, from all the indications in our brigade; but the Twenty-ninth and Thirty-ninth North Carolina Regiments were ordered away, and we had a meeting for three weeks nightly in our regiment. The Third and Ninth Georgia Battalions were consolidated, and our regiment was known as the Thirty-seventh Georgia. Captains Carter and Wilson, and Rev. S. S. Taylor, a worthy primitive Baptist preacher of our regiment, assisted me in the meeting. The number of penitents continued to average ten nightly, but the conversions were not so numerous as the number and earnestness of the seekers indicated that there should be. General Vance was quite sick in Shelbyville in May. He was attended by his faithful wife. May 11. Attended the funeral of Dr. R——, who died on yesterday of inebriety, late surgeon in our brigade. The hill where we buried him is red with 250 newmade
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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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