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