desire to lead a new life; and many are still making applications for church membership.
I have preached twice during the month: once at Walker's Division Hospital, where the disabled soldiers were very serious and attentive, and quite a number were forward for prayer; once in Marietta
, but few soldiers present.
Our soldiers seem remarkably cheerful and very hopeful of success.
Report for July, 1864.
Since my last report from Marietta
, made June 30.
I have been quartered with the Savannah
Relief Committee, and devoting what time I could spare from the duties of my office to ministering with that efficient Battle-field Relief Committee to the wounded at Dr. Bateman
's. Several receiving and distributing hospitals, which had been located near the Chattahoochee
and in Atlanta
, are now three miles south of the city.
I have not been able to furnish reading material for all the commands of the army with that system, promptness, and regularity as when the troops were in camp or quarters.
Yet all the papers and other reading I can procure are distributed judiciously to the soldiers, and demands are made for more.
The distribution for the month of July amounts to 1,917 Testaments, 17,890 Heralds
, and 60,000 pages of tracts for the Soldiers' Tract Association; 225 Bibles and 1,600 Testaments for the Confederate States
Bible Society; and 100,000 pages of tracts of the Evangelical Tract Society, besides a few packages of miscellaneous reading.
In short, all the supplies on hand at the Wayside Home
have been exhausted.
The great revival interest is still prevailing in the army.
There were a large number of penitents, professions of piety, candidates for church membership, and baptisms reported at the late meeting of the Association of Chaplains and Missionaries.
Wherever and whenever an opportunity is offered for preaching or for prayermeeting, the ministers are ready to labor for the salvation of souls, and many are seeking and securing the pearl of great price.
Rev. Mr. Smith
, a Presbyterian missionary, of Jackson
's Brigade, died recently in Atlanta
He was very efficient in furnishing the troops with religious readinga zealous laborer in the vineyard of Christ
Rev. Captain Charles H. Dunham
, formerly of the Tennessee Conference
, but a gallant officer in the Forty-eighth Tennessee Regiment for three years, and Rev. Lieutenant Cornelius Hardin
, Thirty-fifth Mississippi Regiment, recently ordained by Bishop Paine
, were both mortally wounded on Kenesaw Mountain
, and died full of faith and the Holy Ghost
, in Marietta
Rev. Mr. Hudson
Sixth Texas Cavalry, a faithful and useful man in the army, and much beloved by his soldiers, was mortally wounded near Newnan
, July 30, while in the discharge of his duty as chaplain.
I have preached but few times during the month, as the soldiers are either moving or confronting the enemy in the trenches almost daily.
While General Roddy
's command remained here I preached nightly to his soldiers, who seemed very eager to hear the words of life.
The attendance and attention were good at each hour's service, and a large number of penitents were forward for prayer.
The soldiers are always glad to receive the publications of our society, and eagerly read the same.
It is difficult to supply the increased demand for the Scriptures, tracts, and papers, the circulation of which, in the army, is accomplishing much good.
S. M. Cherry
, Distributing Agent
. Near Atlanta, July 31, 1864.