soldier graves. Heard of the fall of General Stonewall Jackson. What a stroke to our country! May 12. At our chaplains' meeting Chaplains C. S. Hearn, Fifth Tennessee, and W. T. Bennett, Twelfth Tennessee, reported eighty-five conversions in Vaughn's and forty-five in Strahl's Brigade. Rev. H. D. Hogan, a private soldier, began a very fine revival in the Twenty-fourth Tennessee Regiment. He is now a presiding elder in Kansas. Sunday, May 17. Attended Chaplain Bennett's Sunday school in the Twelfth Tennessee Regiment, which is full of interest. Dr. McFerrin preached for us in the afternoon. May 19. At the chaplains' meeting a resolution was discussed and adopted declaring “that the army is not of necessity a school of vice, but may become of the highest order of virtue.” Another, “that the best laborers were needed for the great work.” We had a discussion also with regard to “talent, education and qualification of ministers for the chaplaincy and the preference for men in the ranks.” Shelbyville, Tennessee, Sunday, May 24. John P. McFerrin, son of Rev. A. P. McFerrin and nephew of Rev. Dr. J. B. McFerrin, was recommended for license to preach. He has been a gallant soldier for some time. Four months later he was terribly wounded at Chickamauga. He is now pastor of the First Methodist Church in Chattanooga. Dr. John P. McFerrin has been a very successful pastor for more than twenty years. Presiding Elder A. S. Riggs administered the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper for Chaplain Page, of the Fifty-first Tennessee Regiment. What an impressive scene to witness so many stern soldiers weeping while commemorating the death of the great Captain of our salvation! May 25. The Christian Association of Thirty-seventh Georgia adopted a constitution and elected officers: Chaplain S. M. Cherry, President; Captain Wilson, Vice-President; Lieutenant Bennett, Secretary; Rev. S. S. Taylor, Treasurer; Captain Carter and Lieutenant Hartsfield, Watchmen. Ninety-nine members enrolled. May 29. Our regiment marched from Flat Creek across Duck River through Shelbyville and Wartrace to Fairfield and encamped on Garrison's Creek, near Hoover's Gap. Sunday, May 31. Preached for Twentieth Tennessee, Chaplain John A. Ellis, of the Tennessee Conference. June 2. We organized a chaplains' meeting at Fairfield: Chairman, S. M. Cherry; Secretary, Dr. F. S. Petway. Present: Chaplains Rush, Third Georgia, H. B. Moore, Seventeenth Tennessee, Jno. A. Ellis, Twentieth Tennessee, McMurray, Forty-fifth Tennessee, and Rev. S. S. Taylor, Thirty-seventh Georgia Regiments. The Confederate States Bible Society, or some other association, consigned to me several thousand copies of the New Testament for gratuitous distribution in the Army of Tennessee. Chaplains, preachers and officers very gladly received them at the ratio of about 400 to 500 to each brigade, or 100 or more to each regiment, and they were soon eagerly received and read by our soldiers. Near Fairfield, Tennessee, Sunday, June 7, 1863. Dr. McFerrin preached to our brigade in the forenoon. In the afternoon an experience meeting was held by the Christian Association of the Thirty-seventh Georgia Regiment. Several soldiers spoke of God's grace being sufficient to keep them in peace and hope amid all the evils of the camp and field. A gracious season we had as they witnessed for the love and power of Jesus Christ. We now have the Ninth Alabama, Twentieth Tennessee and Thirty-seventh Tennessee, with the Thirty-seventh Georgia in Bates' Brigade, Stewart's Division. June 14. Preached funeral of Thos. White. Yesterday he died suddenly on guard duty. He was not well, but would not be excused from duty, his brother
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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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