Under date of June 24, he wrote from Manasses
“Yesterday we heard two sermons and attended a prayermeeting.
This gave the appearance, at least, of holiness to the day, but still, if you had looked into our camp you would have thought it the busiest day of the week.
Some were cooking, others cutting wood, and others pitching their tents.
It is painful but necessary to spend the Sabbath in this way. Our religious privations are what we feel most keenly.
We seek to remedy this by a brief prayer-meeting held every night after rollcall.
Nearly all the members of our company attend with becoming seriousness.
May the trials of our country work in it a great moral reformation.
If so, we may hope for true and lasting prosperity when peace shall again come.
If not, God will overturn in the future as He is doing now. May He speedily redeem our world from sin and ruin.”
In his letters describing the battle of Manasses
, July 21, 1861, he said: