February 17, 1863.After getting my tracts, hymn-books, etc., I supplied the Sixty-third, Fifty-first and Fifty-eighth Regiments, and also Derrick's and Clarke's Battalions and Brian's Battery. The brave men received the tracts eagerly and thankfully, and were always pleased with an appointment for preaching or prayer. We held meetings in Monroe, and at the narrows of New river, and at Thorn Spring, near Dublin, where four artillery companies are now in camp. Never have I met with more patient and attentive audiences. One and another would inquire for Testaments, and express a resolution to lead a new life. With the batteries we held repeated meetings, and there is evidently an increasing interest in religion. Wherever I have gone among our troops, I have found a cheering proportion of pious men—soldiers of Christ. I have found young brethren who stand firm in their Christian integrity despite of temptation. Among these there are many who boldly advocate the cause of truth. I have distributed 30,000 pages of religious matter, and humbly trust the Divine blessing has accompanied this labor of love.
March 5, 1863.Our Sunday-school and Publication Board has brought out recently a number of tracts, which will add not a little to the usefulness and reputation of its issues. We give their names: “The Evils of Gaming; a Letter to a Friend in the Army,” by Rev. J. B. Jeter, D. D.— “Swearing,” by Hon. J. L. M. Curry— “God's Providence, a Source of Comfort and Courage to Christians,” by Rev. A. M. Poindexter, D. D.— “For the Confederate army,” by Hon. M. J. Wellborn.— “David,” by Professor Geo. E. Dabney—and “We pray for you at home,” by Rev. John A. Broadus, D. D. Besides these, the board has issued, in conjunction with the Georgia Bible and Colportage Society, editions of the following excellent new tracts: ‘ “Woman's words to the soldiers,” by Mrs. L. N. Boykin— “To arms! To arms!” by Rev. C. D. Mallory— “The mourner,” by Mrs. M. M. McCrimmon—and “A proclamation of peace,” by Rev. J. L. Dagg, D. D. The board has also succeeded at last in getting through the press ‘The Soldiers' Almanac for 1863,’ prepared by Rev. George B. Taylor. In its selections, ’