brigade, got off on him. It so happened that Brother Lacy's regiment came from a strong Baptist
community, and that a large proportion of the converts insisted upon ‘going down into the water,’ and he never failed to send for me or some other Baptist
chaplain, and to show every Christian courtesy in the premises.
He would go with us to the water's edge, join heartily in the service of song, and be the first one to greet the young converts as they ‘came up out of the water.’
And so Brother Webb said to him: ‘Brother Lacy, you remind me of a hen setting on duck eggs.
She carefully nurses the eggs until the little ducks appear, and diligently watches over and cares for them.
But some day she goes near the water and the whole brood of little ducks plunge in, while she has to stand clucking on the bank.’
‘Yes,’ said Brother Lacy, ‘I cannot follow them in; but I go with them to the water's edge, I receive them with open arms when they come out, and I am ever ready to hail them as my spiritual children, and to do all in my power to help them serve our common Master and reach the home of our common Father above.’
And when we Baptist
chaplains were called on to assist young converts of our charges to unite with other denominations, I trust we were not wanting in like Christian spirit and courtesy.
This cordial co-operation of the chaplains and missionaries of the different evangelical denominations had the very happiest effect on our work.
And I am glad to believe that the fraternal spirit which has so largely prevailed for some years among evangelical Christians at the South
is in no small degree due to the habit of co-operation which so generally prevailed during the war.
I was sent once to stop the firing of one of our own batteries, which was, by mistake, firing into our own men; and I shall never forget the eagerness with which I put spurs to my horse and galloped across the field, crying at the top of my voice, as I waved a white handkerchief: ‘Cease firing!
You are firing into your friends!’
And so I never see bitter controversies between evangelical Christians that I do not feel like crying with all of my feeble powers: ‘Cease firing into the ranks of your brethren, and trail your guns on the mighty hosts of the enemies of our common Lord
This spirit of fraternity and co-operation was largely promoted by the organization of the Chaplains' Associations of the Second