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[231] labor as a missionary in the regiments of his corps that are without chaplains, and to recommend ministers of the different denominations to fill the vacancies. Brethren desirous of obtaining chaplaincies for themselves or friends would do well, therefore, to write at once to Dr. Lacy, at General Jackson's Headquarters, or to some one of the chaplains of our corps. And are there not brethren now in the pastorate who might be spared for this most important work? ‘The harvest is plenteous, and the laborers are few.’ I suppose that in the other army corps there is greater destitution than in ours.

Another point discussed was the general efficiency of chaplains. One brother was disposed to coincide with the very harsh opinions that have been expressed so frequently concerning chaplains; but the general expression of opinion was, that while we all have to mourn that we have come far short of our duty, and there are some sad examples of inefficiency, as a class army chaplains are as attentive to their duties and as efficient as the same number of pastors at home. In my own personal observation, during the twenty-two months I have been in the army, I have met with several chaplains who shamefully desert their posts on the slightest pretexts; but, as a general rule, I have found them faithfully discharging their duty. Let the chaplain who is nearly always absent from his post, and shirks duty when there, be held up by name to public censure, but let not the man who is constantly at the post of duty be made to share his shame. This is as manifestly unjust as it would be to hold up the ‘shirker,’ the coward, or the ‘straggler’ as a type of the noble soldiery that compose our Southern army. It is as fair as it would be to take some of the lazy, good-for-nothing preachers at home as types of our Southern ministry. But I find that I am making this notice rather lengthy, and must pass on. We found the meeting so exceedingly pleasant that we determined to hold another next Tuesday, and to have them as frequently as circumstances would permit.

A committee (consisting of Rev. B. T. Lacy, Rev. W. C. Power, of South Carolina, and J. Wm. Jones) was appointed at this meeting to issue an address to the Churches of the Confederacy on the needs of the army. The following paper, written by Mr. Lacy, was adopted by the association, and is reproduced here as showing the views and feelings of the chaplains at the time:

Dear Brethren: The relations which we sustain to the various


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