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[579] the weather was at all favorable, in October and November. During that time Dr. Petway and Rev. William Burr preached two or three times each, and Dr. McFerrin and Rev. W. Mooney once each for our brigade. Chaplain Ellis was with us much of the time, and was faithful and modest in his work. I had occasion to visit nearly all the regiments in the army, and I found many of the chaplains at the post of duty.

November 3 and 4. The chaplains of the army met in a two days council on Lookout Mountain, and held two sessions each day. Rev. B. W. McDonald, D. D., of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was Chairman; Chaplain A. D. McVoy, Fifty-eighth Alabama, Secretary. I clip report from The Army and Navy Herald:

Lookout Hotel, On Lookout Mountain, November 3, 1863.
A meeting of the chaplains and missionaries of the Army of the Tennessee convened at the above place this day.

After preliminary religious exercises, B. W. McDonald was chosen President, and A. D. McVoy, Secretary.

After a discussion relative to general meetings, the next general meeting was appointed to be held on the first Wednesday in December.

The chaplains of each corps were requested to hold regular meetings for consultation.

A committee was appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws.

The chaplains of each division were requested to furnish the Chairman with the roll of chaplains and the regiments destitute.

Afternoon session.

An inquiry was made relative to obtaining supplies of tracts, papers, Bibles, and Testaments.

An inquiry was made in regard to Christian Associations. After the nature, operations, and success of such associations were explained, a committee was appointed to consider the subject, and report at the next meeting.

Second day.

W. T. Hall offered the following resolutions, which were approved:

Whereas, experience teaches that the religious wants of the army are most efficiently met by chaplains;

And whereas, it is exceedingly desirable that the most efficient clergymen of the Church be dedicated to this work;

And whereas again, it has come to our knowledge that several excellent chaplains have already resigned, and many others are known to be on the point of resigning their positions as chaplains, because of incompetent support;

And whereas again, frequent changes of this kind are very detrimental to the cause of religion in the army, and greatly to be deprecated; therefore—

Resolved, by the chaplains and missionaries in General Bragg's army, That we recommend to the various religious denominations in the Confederate States of America that they institute an inquiry into the support of their ministers in the army, and prevent the resignation and suffering of any for want of competent support.

Ordered to be published in the religious papers.

J. M. Craig offered a memorial to Congress, through the general officers of this army, for the privilege of drawing forage for one horse. Approved.

W. E. Walters offered a preamble and resolutions, which were approved, in reference to the destitute and suffering families on Lookout Mountain and in the vicinity of this army. Ordered to be forwarded to General Bragg by the Secretary.

B. W. McDonald offered the following:

Resolved, That we earnestly pray and toil for the evangelization of the army,



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