to any people.”
It is vain to speak of the justice of our cause, unless we seek upon that cause the blessing of heaven, and use the instrumentality which Providence
places in our hands.
The speaker believed that piety will make a man a truer patriot and a braver soldier.
It assures him that God is his friend; that “all things work together for his good,” and that when he falls into the icy grasp of death, his soul will rise up to the unfading bliss of heaven.
It is not necessary to refer to Cromwell
and other pious generals, to illustrate this great principle.
We have illustrations in every division of our own army.
Where can we look for a braver soldier than Stonewall Jackson
; and yet never had the speaker known a more humble and earnest Christian than this noble man. What will become of these hundreds of thousands of soldiers when they return?
If religious influences are not now brought to bear upon them, we may expect at the close of this war to have the country overrun with the most desperate, lawless men ever known in the South
In view of all these considerations, the speaker argued that this work has the most weighty claims upon all classes of the community.
closed with an eloquent tribute to President Davis
In all his reading he had never known of a state paper closing, as the President
's inaugural address, with an earnest prayer to the God of heaven, for His blessing upon himself and his country.
, member of Congress from Georgia
, followed in an able speech.
Nothing is more powerful than words, and the pen is mightier than the sword.
From experience in command, he was prepared to commend this work.
There is no better way to insure success in this great struggle than by surrounding our men with religious influences.
It is difficult to get the soldier to attend regular preaching, but he will read a tract, and in the tedium of camp-life nothing is more acceptable.
closed with an eloquent appeal in behalf of the soldiers' spiritual culture.
Hon. J. L. M. Curry
said that he had made no promise to speak, but his love for the cause would not permit him to be silent when called out, if any words of his would advance its interests.
He had no hope of success in establishing a free government unless Christian principle permeates all classes.
There must be in high and low station a Christian conscience.
We need a conservative element.
This point was elaborated with