he, “that reminds me so much of my poor old mother, who has faded from earth since I joined the army.”
He wept and seemed greatly affected.’
Rev. J. B. Hardwick
: ‘God is blessing the distribution of tracts and the labors of chaplains and colporters here (Petersburg
). More than a hundred soldiers have been converted since April.
I never knew a work of grace so powerful, quiet, and deep.
It seems at times, that the hospital is a Bethel.
But we need more assistance—I call for reinforcements, and you must furnish them immediately, if possible.
Send us at least two colporters, one for the hospitals and the other for the camps.’
Rev. J. C. Hiden
: ‘Can't you send us a colporter here (Charlottesville
). There is a most encouraging state of things at present.
I am holding a protracted meeting.
Crowds attend the preaching, and some have professed a change of heart, while others are interested.
It is an interesting sight to see men, wounded in every variety of way, sitting attentive to the story of the Cross.’
Rev. T. J. McVeigh
, chaplain at Farmville
: ‘My supply of tracts has been distributed, and the soldiers ask for more.
I administered the ordinance of baptism (for the first time) a few Sabbaths since, in the Appomattox river
, to a young soldier from Alabama
It was the most deeply interesting and beautiful scene I ever witnessed.
All of the soldiers who were able to leave their rooms gathered upon the banks of the river, and seemed to have a high appreciation of the ordinance.’
Rev. Wm. Huff
, Marion, Virginia
: ‘Our colporters now in the Western army are laboring with encouraging prospects.
Rev. J. H. Harris
is visiting General Marshall
He finds them destitute, and anxious for something to read.
He says: “After the labors of the day it is truly gratifying to see them grouped together, reading aloud to each other such portions of their tracts as interest them most, and speaking in the highest praise of the little camp hymn-books.”
’ . . .
Rev. M. D. Anderson
: ‘I formed the acquaintance of a noble young man, the nephew of a most useful Baptist
Found him interested in reference to his soul, and endeavored to explain to him the Gospel.
He urged me to come to see him again, as he was quite sick.
When I went again and found him sinking, on being asked how he was he replied, “I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I ”’