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
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: