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[589] the copies furnished them as a familiar friend of other and happier days. I regretted that the supply on hand was not sufficient to satisfy the pressing demands of the entire army. Many of the readers and some of the distributors of your publications have fallen during the past bloody campaign.

It has been exceedingly difficult to get supplies from Macon to this point, thus far. No Southern Express Office this side of Meridian, near 200 miles distant. I have had to bring all in person that I have gotten through with much toil and trouble. But we hope to have better facilities for furnishing the army during the winter. The demand for religious reading is now very great. Let the association do all it can for the soldiers of this army.

The distribution for the months of November and December amount to

12,000 copies Army and Navy Herald.

2,000 hymn-books.

600 copies Soldiers' paper.

13 Sermons preached.

S. M. Cherry. Corinth, Miss., December 31, 1864.


Report for January, 1865.

Rev. Robert J. Harp, Superintendent:
Dear Brother: New Year's Day General Cheatham's Corps reached Corinth, Mississippi, from the campaign into Middle Tennessee, and as the troops of that command passed through to their camps I had an opportunity of distributing to them papers, tracts and hymn-books. In the evening I visited Cleburne's Division and preached for the soldiers of Govans' Arkansas and Gransbury's Texas Brigades, and furnished them with a supply of books, which were gladly received and well used in our evening service. Captain Brown, commanding Gransbury's Brigade, and Brother Hudson, of Division Headquarters, gave me a very kind reception. During a stay of one week at Corinth I had the privilege of preaching twice at night at the quarters of a portion of the Engineer Corps and the Distributing Hospital. The soldiers took an interest in preaching, and some of the sick, wounded and frost-bitten came forward as penitents.

The army rested for several days at Tupelo, and there I visited most of the commands of Lee's Corps, furnishing them with hymn-books and papers; preached for Brantly's Mississippi Brigade at night by request of Chaplain Hall. The night was cool, but the soldiers around the log fire were quite attentive. The next Sabbath morning preached for Sharpe's Mississippi Brigade, and in the afternoon for Lowry's Alabama and Mississippi Brigades; kindly received by Colonel Abecrombie, Forty-fifth Alabama, and Chaplain McBride, Fifth Mississippi Regiment, and by General Sharp and Chaplain Archer. The soldiers in each command came out in the spoke and wind to hear preaching. The troops began to leave Tupelo on the 19th and all were gone by the 28th. I remained until the last command left in order to distribute all supplies that might arrive. On Sunday, 29th, I preached for Quarles's Tennessee and Alabama Brigades, West Point, Mississippi, and furnished hymn-books and papers for them and Ector's Texas Brigade. All papers, tracts and hymn-books in my possession were distributed before I left Mississippi.

I regret to report that I hear much more profanity among the troops since the return of the army from Tennessee than we were accustomed to hear last summer, yet many of the soldiers are still living consistent Christians, and are not spiritually demoralized by defeat and great hardships. The faithful services of efficient chaplains and missionaries are much needed by the soldiers now. Many of the chaplains and some of the missionaries have shared all the rigors of the winter campaign, preaching whenever an opportunity offered; others have resigned and returned to their homes.


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