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[584] Alabama Regiment, shot through the arm. Rev. Mr. Ransom, Lieutenant in First Tennessee Regiment, severely mangled by a cannon ball—but calm and resigned to the will of God, rejoices that he sought God in his youth and urges young men who feel it their duty to preach to enter upon the great work without delay. I fear his wounds are fatal, and that we will lose this noble soldier of the cross and of his country.1 Many of our Christian soldiers have been slain; those of them who survive long enough to speak of the future died very triumphantly.—Major Roberts, of the Twenty-third Alabama, when dying, said to me, “Tell my mother I expect to meet her in heaven.” But alas! another dying by his side similarly wounded said: “I am not ready to die.”

When our army after a week's resistance fell back from Dalton on the night of the 12th, I succeeded in obtaining, transportation through the kindness of Major John L. Bransford, for all the supplies in our Depository at Dalton, which I shipped safely to Atlanta, where they are deposited at the Wayside Home in care of Captain Davis, who kindly assisted me. Subsequently I have been ministering to the wounded, in co-operation with the various Battle-field Relief Committees and at the General Receiving and Distributing Hospital. Have distributed 5,000 copies of the Herald, 20,000 pages of tracts, and preached only three sermons during the month Have made arrangements to furnish all who wish sacred literature either at Marietta or Atlanta for the present.—Soldiers are in fine spirits, cheerful and confident of success in the decisive conflict.

Yours truly,



Report for June, 1864.

Our army has been in battle line in the vicinity of Marietta and New Hope Church the entire month. While the soldiers are in the trenches and subject to the fire of the foe almost daily the facilities for preaching are few, and the missionaries and chaplains are more efficient at the field-hospitals than they would be along the lines. The soldiers are very eager for suitable reading while confined so closely to the trenches, and I have spared no pains in furnishing all that I could reach through the missionaries, chaplains, officers, and soldiers, with papers and tracts. The cavalry especially have been better supplied than heretofore, as they have been more convenient to my quarters than formerly.

The distribution for the month has amounted to 10,000 copies of the Army and Navy Herald and 84,000 pages of tracts.

My labors have been confined principally to the Receiving and Distributing Hospital, Marietta, Georgia, where the wounded are brought from the field-hospitals for attention, and, after a few hours' rest, are shipped to the rear, if able to be removed. Here I have had the privilege of ministering to the wounded and dying soldiers of the different commands of our army that have been engaged with the enemy during the month.

I am glad to report that a large majority of the severely and mortally wounded with whom I have conversed in reference to their hopes of future happiness have given strong testimony of their preparation for death and eternity. Some of the mangled and gory have died praising God for His presence and power, enabling them to die triumphing over their last enemy. I have witnessed the peaceful and happy exit of many of our noble brave from the earth, who sent sweet messages to their far-distant mothers, wives, and sisters to meet them in heaven, for they were ready to die, and were going home.

The revival interest in the army has not walled; whenever the chaplains or missionaries have an opportunity to preach to the soldiers, and penitents are invited forward for prayer, a large number come quietly and signify their penitence and

1 He afterwards died of his wounds.

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