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There may be religious interest manifested in commands that I have not mentioned; and there is a very fine work progressing in Hotchkiss' Battalion of artillery. Ten joined the Church one night this week, and 50 were still at the altar.

The wonderful work of grace is spreading all over the army. Over one thousand of our soldiers are now publicly seeking salvation, and two or three hundred have joined the Church in this army during the past week—more than any month prior to the present.

I have distributed for your society 130 Bibles, 8,000 copies of the Herald, 400 copies of the Soldiers' Paper, and 850,000 pages of tracts; preached 30 sermons, furnished every regiment and brigade in this army with religious literature which can be reached through our very efficient chaplains, missionaries, pious officers and soldiers.

I never saw our soldiers more healthy and hopeful of success; and the spiritual field is now truly white unto the harvest.

Your co-laborer in the cause of Christ and our country,

S. M. Cherry, Central District Agent army of Tennessee.

Report for may, 1864.

receiving and Distributing hospital, Marietta, Georgia, May 31, 1864.
To Rev. Robert J. Harp, Superintendent Southwestern Department Soldiers' Tract Association Methodist Church, South.
Dear Brother: The month of May has been less favorable for distributing religious reading than the several months preceding it. The army was in the midst of a most extensive revival at the beginning of the month. Protracted meetings were being held in almost every brigade; thousands of our soldiers were thronging our rude camp altars, hundreds were giving their hearts to God, and scores were nightly asking for certificates of Church membership. About 300 were baptized on the first day of May, and the great work seemed to be growing in depth and interest all the while. Officers and privates were unusually serious and much impressed by the preaching of the word, and bowed together at the place of prayer. The Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st Arkansas Regiment professed religion at the camp altar the night before the command went into line of battle. Not less than five hundred professed to find peace in believing the first week of the month, and two thousand were publicly seeking salvation. But these interesting meetings have been interrupted by the advance of the enemy, who has despoiled our country and desecrated our arbors and altars consecrated to the worship of God. About the 5th instant the soldiers were called from their camps to meet the enemy in the vicinity of Dalton—they literally went from the altar to their entrenchments—from their knees to the battle with their foes—still singing the songs of Zion and supplicating the throne of grace as they surrounded the fires of the bivouac, or waited to receive the fire of the foe. Some of them have since fallen, full of faith and hope.—Our army having been in line of battle, on the march, in bivouac or in conflict with the enemy for more than three weeks, our chaplains and missionaries have had but little opportunity of preaching, holding prayer meetings or distributing, but they are generally at their posts ministering to the wounded and dying soldiers.

Several ministers who aided us in our distributions to the soldiers have been killed or wounded, among which are the following: Rev. McMullen of the Presbyterian Church, Missionary to Baker's Alabama Brigade; Rev. John W. Brady of the Georgia Conference, Captain of the Thirty-fifth Georgia Regiment, were killed instantly at Resacca on the 15th instant. Rev. B. L. Selmon of the Alabama Conference, and Captain in the Twenty-third Alabama Regiment, was severely wounded, Rev. Mr. Curry of the Alabama Conference, and Lieutenant in the Twenty-eighth


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