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[587] the same evening in another part of the brigade. Both places were thronged with serious soldiers, and many came forward for prayer; quite a number of conversions.

I have also preached once each for Mercer's (Georgia) and Govan's (Arkansas) Brigades, Cleburne's Division; and for Wright's and Gordon's Brigades, of Cheatham's Division, together; and once at Griffin, where a revival was progressing, principally among the soldiers.

Total sermons preached,8
Testaments distributed,1,400 copies.
Army and Navy Herald,13,000
Soldiers' Paper,600
Tracts,20,000 pages.

I am under many obligations to the Savannah Relief Committee for special favors and material aid bestowed. I have been quartered with those affable and kindhearted gentlemen the past month, and all the members of the committee have assisted me in this work of distribution.

S. M. Cherry. Near Atlanta, Ga., August 31, 1864.

Report for October, 1864.

Rev. Robert J. Harp, Superintendent:
Dear Brother: The army has been in motion the entire month, moving from Palmetto, Georgia, to North Alabama; hence it has not been in my power to preach to the soldiers, and furnish the chaplains and missionaries with papers, tracts, etc., as promptly as heretofore; but, under all the circumstances, I have been trying to labor to the best advantage. A week was spent in Newnan, Georgia, the first of the month, during which time that place was the base of supplies for our main army. Soldiers returning to their commands stopped at the Camp of Direction, while the sick, going to the rear, stopped at the General Receiving and Distributing Hospital, and several cavalry commands were still remaining in the vicinity. I preached here several times to good congregations, representing almost every regiment in the Army of Tennessee; many came forward as seekers of salvation, while the officers in command at Palmetto showed marked respect for the cause. I also preached at the reserve camp of the First, Third, Fifth, Eighth, and Tenth Confederate Cavalry, and once in Newnan, distributing each day hymn-books, Testaments, and papers to the soldiers en route for the main army, and those in the hospitals and camps.

When our General Hospital, Transportation Office, and Military Post-office were ordered to Blue Mountain (as a temporary base of supplies), I shipped the supplies of the Association to Selma, Alabama. . . . As the army continued to march northwest, our stay at Blue Mountain was short; we found it necessary again to change our base of supplies. During our stay in this vicinity I preached six times to some soldiers of the Second Regiment Engineer Corps, and other troops which I found at Oxford, Alabama (six miles below Blue Mountain), and to the citizens who attended the Methodist church. The soldiers, with but few exceptions, were serious and attentive, but very few seemed inclined to seek religion (fewer than at any meeting which I had attended for a long time, where so many soldiers were present); but it is a noticeable fact that the soldiers who remain in departments where they are less exposed to conflicts with the enemy, are not so much inclined to be religious as those who face the enemy in mortal combat. Those who expect to expose themselves to danger and death feel the need of God's protection to cover their heads in the day of battle, and when the battle is over and they have escaped the missiles of death, gratitude prompts the noble and brave heart to surrender itself to God. I have scarcely known a surgeon, quarter-master, commissary, ordnance officer, or one of their clerks, or a teamster, or a permanently detailed soldier in the


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