various departments, to make a profession of religion; while generals, colonels, majors, captains, lieutenants, and privates in the ranks, by the score, the hundred and the thousand have sought and secured the pearl of great price in the army. Exposure to danger and providential escapes have a great tendency to drive the shelterless soul to Christ for refuge. I preached several times at Montevallo, and once at Talladega, Alabama; at the latter place I raised a collection amounting to $143, for the Association, and at the former place $116, to furnish the soldiers with Testaments, $100 of which was from Mr. Sharp. During the month I have distributed of the
Our thanks are due to Major Bransford, Chief of Transportation for the Army of Tennessee, and his affable clerks, for the assistance they have given me in the discharge of my duties; also to the citizens and ministers at the different places visited, for their assistance, encouragement and hospitalities during my sojourn with them.
|Army and Navy Herald,||10,000 copies.|
|Soldiers' hymn books,||2,000|
|3,000 copies of the Herald on hand.|
Report for November and December, 1864.
Rev. Robert J. Harp, Superintendent:Dear Brother: In November I brought the supplies of the Association in my possession to Cherokee, Alabama, the nearest point of railroad transportation to our army, then at Florence, Alabama, preparing for the continuation of the fall campaign into Middle Tennessee. It was not practicable or advisable for me to carry supplies and follow the army, and the time was spent in distributing Heralds, hymn-books, and Testaments on the railroads from Selma to Demopolis, Alabama, and thence to Meridian and Corinth, Mississippi, and from Corinth to Cherokee, Alabama, and on the steamboats from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. I also furnished reading for the hospitals at Lauderdale Springs, Corinth and Iuka, Mississippi. I visited and preached twice for Patterson's Brigade of Roddy's Division of Cavalry. The officers and soldiers took much interest in preaching and were glad to be furnished with 500 copies of the Herald. I supplied a portion of Forrest's corps of cavalry also with Heralds and hymn-books on their return from Middle Tennessee. I visited the Wayside Home at Okalona, Mississippi, preaching twice to the soldiers who stop over at night either in going to or from the front, several of whom came forward for prayer. At Corinth I had the privilege of preaching to a portion of the Second Regiment Engineer Corps, and the sick and wounded soldiers several times—interest was manifested by a number of them, who gave evidence of a desire to seek religion. I also enjoyed the privilege of attending the session of the Memphis Conference, held at Aberdeen, Mississippi, November 9-14; and the Montgomery Conference at Tuskegee, Alabama, December 7-13. At both places I was treated with great courtesy and true kindness by the members of the Conferences and the citizens, and secured many assurances of aid and encouragement in my mission. All seemed eager to learn of the good results of the work of your association among the soldiers. I met the army beyond the Tennessee River on its return from Middle Tennessee. The soldiers were very eager indeed to see the Herald again, and they greeted