The labors for the month; 2,000 copies Army and Navy Herald; 300 soldiers' papers; 1,500 hymn-books; 8 sermons preached.
Report for February, 1865.
Rev. Robert J. Harp, Superintendent:Dear Brother: The second day of the month I reached Montgomery, where I was kindly entertained by Brother S. S. Sikes, chaplain on post duty. With him visited the “Stonewall hospital,” and was glad to see the soldiers all recognize the “parson,” who visits each ward promptly three or four times each week, and holds service on the Sabbath. At night, by request of Brother Brown, an earnest, zealous young preacher, an inmate of the hospital, I preached at the “Concert Hall hospital” to the sick and convalescent soldiers; they were quite attentive and serious, and took much interest in singing. Brother Brown was holding meetings nightly, with good interest manifested by the soldiers. At Macon, the second Sabbath in the month, by request of Miss Goulding, one of the matrons of the “Ocmulgee hospital,” I preached in one of the wards to a number of soldiers, who seemed desirous of hearing the word. With 15,000 copies of the Army and Navy Herald I started for Augusta on the 13th and furnished papers to the soldiers on the trains and those we met on the roads. On Sunday, the 19th, preached in the morning to a portion of Lowry's Brigade and Loring's Division at Camp Direction, in Edgefield District, South Carolina; in the afternoon to the Forty-sixth Georgia Regiment. I found the chaplain, Brother Brown, at his post; two chaplains of Loring's Division at the morning service. Papers were distributed freely to the soldiers at both places. Several days were spent in Augusta furnishing papers for the soldiers who were passing through the city. Instead of proceeding to Columbia with the army, as was intended, by your request and the advice of the treasurer, Brother Burke, I remained in Augusta to aid in shipping a large supply of paper for the publications of the association, and returned to Mayfield, where I continued to supply with papers the large number of Confederate soldiers who were returning from furlough to their commands, and the militia of Georgia going on furlough to their homes. We are under special obligations to Major W. F. Ayer, Chief Quartermaster, Major Jno. S. Bransford, Chief of Transportation, and Major Throckmorton, of the Transportation Department, all of the Army of Tennessee, for the invaluable services they rendered the association in securing an early shipment of the paper, and saving several thousand dollars for the benefit of the soldiers and the association. Our thanks are also due Mr. Jones and Honeycut for assistance given me. I am glad to report that the trains are thronged daily with the soldiers who were furloughed home, now returning to our army in South Carolina. Receipts for the month: Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Morton, B. Banks, Gainsville, Georgia, $20 each; Mrs. M. E. Hundley, Mrs. Dr. Jas. Jones, $10 each, Thompson, Georgia. Distributions: 7,000 copies of the Army and Navy Herald; 112 Bibles; 300 Testaments; 200 gospels, and 9 sermons preached.
Report for March, 1865.
Rev. Robert J. Harp, Superintendent:Dear Brother: The 4th of March I received at Milledgeville 15,000 copies of the Army and Navy Herald of the issues of February 16 and 23, and March 2. The day following I succeeded in getting the entire supply on Captain Clark's supply train. Through the kindness of the wagon-master and teamsters the papers