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[104] soldier quietly ‘fell on sleep,’ and left behind the record of a noble life, and a simple trust in Christ—the prophecy of a blissful immortality, where charging squadrons and clashing sabres never disturb the ‘rest that remaineth for the people of God.’

General John B. Gordon, of Georgia (now governor of that grand old Commonwealth), who rose from the captaincy of a company to command the remnant of the old ‘Stonewall’ corps, and to win a reputation as one of the most brilliant soldiers which the war produced, was one of the most active of our Christian workers, and exerted a fine influence in the army.

He was accustomed to lead prayer-meetings in his command, and during seasons of special revival I have heard him, with eloquent words and tearful eyes, make powerful appeals to his men to come to Christ, and have seen him go off into the woods with his arms about some ragged private, that he might point him to ‘the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.’

He was always the active friend and helper of his chaplains, and did everything in his power to promote the spiritual welfare of his men.

He wrote Dr. A. E. Dickinson, Superintendent of Army Colportage, the following stirring appeal, which was published in the Religious Herald at the time and is well worth preserving, not only as illustrating his character and influence, but as showing also the condition of things in the army:

camp near Orange Court House, Virginia, September 6, 1863.
Brother Dickinson: Why is it that our good people at home, of the various denominations, are not sending more missionaries to the army? Every effort is made to supply the soldiers with “creature comforts,” and I believe you find little difficulty in raising money to furnish religious reading to the army—but why is it so few preachers are sent us? They have either concluded that soldiers are so “demoralized” that it is useless to preach to them, or else there is criminal indifference on this subject. They cannot, after all that has been written on this point, be ignorant of the fact that there is a great lack of ministers in the army—that many whole brigades of one or two thousand men are without a chaplain and rarely hear a sermon. But, suppose I tell these good Christians, who think preaching to


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