I have no record of the extent of the revival in the Army of Tennessee around Chattanooga in July and August, 1863. I have no doubt that it was general, as chaplains and missionaries were all busy so far as I can recall. August 24. Visited the sick at Ringgold, and then to Catoosa Springs, where there were a large number of convalescents, the most pleasant place for the sick to rest and recuperate that I have seen. I preached to them day and night during my stay, and there were penitents, professions, and profuse praise by the pardoned and happy Christian soldiers. Then I was at Spring Place, Dalton, The Rock, Thomaston, Barnesville, and a camp-meeting in Upson county, Georgia. Then to La Fayette, and on to Chickamauga. Could not preach on Sunday, September 13, our division was marching; but preached on the night of 15th, and Dr. McFerrin preached the night of the 16th. September 17. We marched from La Fayette, Georgia, in the direction of Chattanooga; passed Rock Spring Church and Pea-Vine, near which we bivouacked. While resting on my blanket in the shade, Lem. Robins, of our Thirty-seventh Georgia, came near me, and I asked him to take a seat on my blanket. He sat down, and began to talk cheerfully about his religious enjoyment; handed his hymn-book and an ambrotype of his wife to me to keep and return with messages of love to wife, father, and mother, spoke of his mother's prayers and her solicitude for his salvation, and her great satisfaction on hearing of his Christian conduct in camp. He was confident that he would not survive the coming conflict. But he was ready to die, and fully resigned to God's will. Was it a premonition? Two or three days after he was killed at Chickamauga. Our division suffered severely on the 19th and 20th of September, on the north side of the Chickamauga, west of Tedford's Ford. I was looking after our wounded on the field and at the field-hospitals on the 19th, 20th, and 21st. I was glad to see so many of our preachers with the wounded and dying on the field. Among others, the following names are on my journal: Dr. Joseph Cross, Dr. F. S. Petway, Revs. William Burr, W. H. Browning, C. W. Miller, and W. Mooney. I have no desire to write of the fearful conflict and terrible carnage on the Chickamauga Saturday and Sunday. Our loss was great; the Federal much greater. On the 22d I was with our brigade in front of Chattanooga, and we had prayers with the regiment, to thank God that so many of us were still alive. Sunday, September 27. Base of Missionary Ridge. Preached to our brigade (116 Psa., 12-15). At the close of the service several soldiers stood or knelt, in token of their purpose to pay their vows unto the Lord for all his benefits unto them. Among the number was Dr. Childs, adjutant of our regiment, killed in the battle of Missionary Ridge, November 25. The Army of Tennessee remained encamped on the south and east of Chattanooga, from Lookout Mountain to the base and crest of Missionary Ridge near two months, or until the 25th of November, 1863. Rev. Mr. Stacey, of Newnan, Georgia, a Presbyterian minister, preached for us here, and I preached for the Kentucky Brigade, exchanging places occasionally with Professor Pickett, of Bethany College, Christian Church, who was with the Kentucky Brigade. He was a gentleman of culture and Christian charity. He was defective in hearing. Early in October I returned to the rear to look after our wounded. At Spring Place I found Captain Wilson and others improving; those at Dalton convalescing. But at Atlanta I found many in a critical condition. Rev. John P. McFerrin was there, terribly mangled; lamed for life. Mr. Parnell, of the Fifty-eighth Alabama, destined to die. I read the word to him, and, while kneeling by his bunk and praying for his salvation, he joined heartily in the prayer, trying to repeat each petition. Then he said to me: “Tell my father I never deserted my post, but fell a brave soldier, and am now trying to get religion.” We continued to have regular camp service in front of Chattanooga, whenever
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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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