power, and with that high order of eloquence so characteristic of this distinguished gentleman.
narrated some thrilling incidents in illustration of the good that may be done by circulating Testaments and tracts among the soldiers.
, representative of the Montgomery
District (Alabama) in Congress, said it was too late for him to enter upon any lengthy remarks, but that with all his heart he endorsed the cause.
He believed it one of the holiest and most glorious to which a good man can aspire.
He had given to it the previous Sabbath, but was willing to give again, and to continue
to give as long as he had a dollar and as any soldier's soul needed to be cared for. While the devil's colporters are going from camp to camp destroying the souls of our dear boys, he felt that the Christian
community must do all in their power to counteract their ruinous influence.
A collection was made, amounting to $1,250, after which the congregation was dismissed, all feeling that the entertainment was an ‘over-pay’ for going out on such an inclement evening.’
Rev. Dr. A. E. Dickinson
, of Richmond
, now editor of the Religious Herald
, has had a career of great usefulness in the varied stations he has occupied, but the assertion is ventured that he never had four years of more abundant evidence of God's richest blessing upon his labors than during the years he superintended the grand work of his board in the camps and hospitals of the Confederacy
, and pushed it forward with a zeal and consecrated tact which entitles him to a high place on the record of our army work.
The same may be said also of Dr. Bennett
and others who had charge of army colportage.
, however, kept his work constantly and so prominently before the public, through both the religious and secular press, that our newspaper-files abound with most interesting details of the labors of his colporters, 100 of whom he turned into the camps and hospitals at the very beginning of the war, and it is a very easy task to cull from his reports all the material necessary to further illustrate this chapter.
I only regret that the material for a sketch of the labors of the other boards and societies is not so accessible.
But none of these evangelical societies published sectarian tracts or engaged in sectarian labors during the war, and in giving, therefore, the work of one, I really give but a specimen of that of them all.