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Last days with the army of Tennessee.

In March, 1865, we were at Camp Direction, at Hamburg, S. C., across the river from Augusta, Georgia. There I met Chaplains Brown, Forty-sixth Georgia, and Daniel, Fifty-seventh Georgia, Gregory and Hanks and Rev. J. P. McFerrin, who had recovered of his wounds sufficiently to preach to the soldiers. We had frequent camp services there until our march through South Carolina, via Edgefield and Laurens' Court-House and Spartanburg and Union Districts and across the Saluda, Enoree and Broad Rivers to Chesterville. This march across the State we made March 18 to 31. I was in company with Chaplains M. B. Dewitt, Eighth Tennessee, R. G. Porter, Tenth Mississippi, and Gregory and Tatum. Dr. Dewitt was one of our most efficient chaplains in the army. I saw much of him during the war. He was ready all the time for all good work. He is now pastor of the Second Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Nashville and is deservedly popular. He has been a leader among his people for years as editor, pastor, etc., and has just been offered the presidency of a leading school of his Church.

R. G. Porter is the “Gilderoy” of our Church papers and has been a popular writer in the Methodist press for many years, also presiding elder and pastor for many years in North Mississippi.

Sunday, April 2. Heard Dr. J. B. McFerrin preach at 11 A. M. and 7 P. M. at the Methodist church in Charlotte, N. C. I preached at 9 A. M. and 4 P. M. to the sick and wounded in the hospitals and at 3 P. M. to the colored people. Post Chaplain Kennedy received me very kindly.

The march across South Carolina was under General S. D. Lee. From Charlotte we went to Smithfield, North Carolina, via Raleigh, on the railroad. There had been some fighting about Averysboro, near Smithfield, during our march by the Army of Tennessee. At Smithfield I was kept busy during the week distributing religious reading to the chaplains and preaching. A few hours after my arrival, Chaplain Hill, of Kirkland's Brigade, carried me out to the camps, and I preached to a large audience at night, April 4.

April 5. Preached at night for Chaplains McBride and Moore, Cleburne's old division; 18 penitents forward for prayer.

April 6. Preached at night for Loring's Division; 14 seeking religion.

April 8. Supper with Chaplain M. B. Chapman, Thirty-second Tennessee, one of the true and tried men of the war, a true blue Presbyterian in fidelity, but full of charity, very successful as a modest chaplain, and equally so for many years after the war, in building up a good church at Smyrna, Tennessee. No better man in the army or Presbyterian Church, I think. He died some years ago. Preached for Cumming's and Pettus's Brigades at night.

Smithfield, North Carolina, April 9, 1865. Breakfast with Chaplain Harris, Twenty-sixth Tennessee. Rode his mule to Headquarters of Lieutenant-General Stewart, now in command. Met Brothers Ransom, Burr, and Mooney, and a number of chaplains. At 11 A. M. preached to Palmer's Brigade of Tennessee troops. Dined with Chaplain Chapman and Colonel McGuire; preached in afternoon for Chaplain Porter to Sharp's Mississippi Brigade. Brother R. P. Ransom preached from “The righteous scarcely saved.” Slept with Chaplains Tomkies and Giles of Florida Brigade.

April 10. Smithfield evacuated; went to Raleigh and assisted Brother Crowder till nearly midnight in packing Testaments, psalms, tracts, and hymns.

Raleigh, North Carolina, April 11. Got my literature on a soldiers' train, and a seat on the top of a box-car, and left Raleigh at 4 P. M.

April 12. Greensboroa, North Carolina, was reached in time for breakfast. We came slowly and stopped often on account of Stoneman's raid. Paid $20 for breakfast and begged the colored door-keeper to let me in the dining-room. President Davis and Cabinet at the hotel where I eat. General Lee's surrender confirmed;

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