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[593] G. P. Dean, Fifteenth Texas Regiment. His wound was slight but had gangrened. Chaplain Kramer and Rev. W. H. Potter, of Georgia, were with me. Brother Kramer prayed, and the lieutenant said he was trying to trust in God, and prayed for God to help him to believe, and then with feeble, last failing voice said, “I hope to meet you all in heaven.” While I read, “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions,” etc., he whispered, “How glorious,” and was gone while I read to him of Christ's coming to receive unto himself all who come unto him and believe on him. He left with me a letter for his betrothed in C——, Alabama.

July 28. Generals Stewart and Loring were among the wounded to-day. I was with each of them. Talked to Colonel Crook, who is terribly wounded. He testifies that he has been trying to be a true Christian in the army, and all is right living or dying. This gallant young Tennesseean talks like a true Christian-a member of the Methodist Church, Twenty-eighth Tennessee Regiment.

East Point, August 8, 1864. S. W. Jenkins, Company E, Fifty-eighth Alabama, is fearfully riddled with balls, but as he lay beneath a little fly dying this hot dusty day his eye was very bright. I grasped his hand and said, “How is it now with you, my dear boy?” He pressed my hand closely, and said, “I am all right, parson; have not seen a dark day for two years; can't doubt now, and I thank God for it. Write my mother that I am mortally wounded, but I will meet her in heaven.” He had attracted my attention by his eager interest in our camp worship from the time his regiment entered our brigade a year or more ago. He delighted to do what he could to help us in the camp service. He was but a boy, the son of a widow, but had been a member of the Methodist Church for four years, and a most consistent Christian in camp, and there he lay dying upon the ground the most glorious, triumphant death I witnessed during the war, if not in all my life.

These ten dying men I heard testify in two months. They were from Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi. That has been more than twentythree years ago. Little thought had I then in noting their last words in my journal that I should pen them now for the purpose I do. But these being dead yet speak by the words spoken in death. Colonel Crook recovered and preached for years.


Christian love and unity.

Our Chaplains' Association and all of our army acquaintance and work together had a wonderful power in breaking down barriers and removing denominational prejudices that may have existed before we met among the soldiers. I remember the first day of May, 1864. I went out to Cumming's Georgia Brigade and witnessed a baptismal service. Chaplain Thompson, Baptist, led fifteen soldiers into the water and baptized them, and was followed by Chaplain Rosser, Methodist Protestant, with four others who were baptized in the same way—only one service on the water's edge for the two chaplains. Five others were baptized on the land by Chaplain Rosser. The same day I saw Chaplain W. A. Parkes, Methodist South, administer the sacrament of the Lord's Supper to Stewart's Division, and among them, between two soldier communicants, kneeling on the rough logs on the bare ground, was Major-General Stewart, an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Major Hatcher, one of his staff, kneeled by his side. Dr. McFerrin and many of the chaplains were in the habit of offering the soldiers the privilege of joining the Church by asking all that wished to join the Church to come forward, and their names would be taken and the denomination of their choice and preachers of their own faith and order would be looked up by the preachers, and they would receive baptism at the hands of such ministers as they preferred, and their names could be forwarded wherever they wished or certificates furnished them of their baptism or reception into the Church.

On one occasion a soldier came among others to be received into the Church,

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