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[580] and that we make a special business to pray for each other and assist each other in our work.

The other resolutions were in reference to the preparation of business, and a request to the chaplains to send up a narrative of the state of religion in their respective commands.

After religious exercises the meeting adjourned.

A. D. McVoy, Secretary.


The Army and Navy Herald was established in Macon, Georgia, October, 1883, and the agent, Rev. Dr. Camp, came to Missionary Ridge, late in November, to get General Bragg to designate some one to act as “Distributing Agent of the Soldiers' Tract Association for the Army of Tennessee.” After consulting with Dr. McFerrin, and chaplains and others in the army, I was appointed to that work and took leave of my regiment, the Thirty-seventh Georgia, on Sunday, November 22, 1863, after a most happy association of fifteen months, and a brigade acquaintance of nearly two years. The treatment of the officers and privates of that regiment during all of that time was remarkably kind and respectful, for which I entertain a very high and Christian appreciation.

The battle of Missionary Ridge was fought the same week of my assignment to duty for the entire army. Among the victims of that battle, from our Thirtyseventh Georgia, were Captain McMullen, a true and tried Christian I dearly loved, and Dr. Childs, my messmate, to whom I was strongly and tenderly attached. He was trying to do his duty to God and his country.

The Army of Tennessee encamped around Dalton, Georgia, the entire winter of 1863-64, and until May, in the spring—over five months. The post quartermaster furnished me with room No. 1, at the Chester House, close to the square and depot, the day after my arrival at Dalton, and I fixed a lock on the door with my army knife, and soon had a counter arranged for my army papers, tracts, Bibles, Testaments, hymn books, and other religious literature. This became at once the Headquarters of chaplains, missionaries, evangelists, preachers, and all who sought religious reading from my hands. I tried to share my bunk, which was rough, with any and all who might seek shelter for a night or longer, and I had pens, ink, and stationery for those who wished to write. I had no lack of company day nor night from December till May. How earnest and eager the preachers were to secure religious reading of all kinds, and how hungry the soldiers to secure the same, may be slightly indicated by extracts from The Army and Navy Herald, which I clip, every number of which I have bound and now mutilate for the first time for the benefit of the readers of “Christ in the camp.” The citizens who remained in Dalton tendered us the different church edifices for the use of the soldiers, and we had a protracted meeting lasting for five months in them, only equalled in duration by colored congregations since the war.

During the months of December, January, February, and March, Dr. J. B. McFerrin preached nine times in Dalton, and I preached as often. Rev. Dr. Stiles, of Virginia, a Presbyterian minister, preached several times with great power and much profit to the soldiers and preachers. Rev. Mr. Caldwell, of the same Church, preached three or four times with good success. Rev. Mr. Flynn preached more than once. He, too, was a Presbyterian; also, Rev. Mr. Wood. Missionary Mooney five times, Miller three times, and R. P. Ransom, H. H. Kavanaugh, and Captain Sutherland, Twenty-third Alabama, and Alabama Conference; Chaplain W. A. Parks, Fifty-second Georgia, and Georgia Conference, each preached once or oftener, and others may have preached in my absence that I did not hear, besides these named. I only mention such as I heard. Nearly every time there was preaching penitents were called, and we would have from two to fifteen to come forward and from one to four professions nightly. I went to the front two or three Sundays, at Tilton,

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