sent us, is incalculable; and, to my knowledge, they have been blessed of God in producing a spirit of religious inquiry with many of a most encouraging character.
I trust you and Christian friends at home will continue to supply all our soldiers with this means of grace, which is so well adapted to our spiritual wants, and can be diffused among us as perhaps no other can so effectually.’
‘A soldier,’ he says, ‘came to express his thanks for the saving influence of the tracts he had received since being in camp.
He believes they were sent to him in answer to a pious mother's prayers.
He stated that before leaving home he felt but little interest in religion, but now it is his delight and comfort.’
‘Another soldier, in a Mississippi regiment, writes that the tract, “Come to Jesus,” has been the means of leading him to Christ
, since being in Virginia
‘Many persons,’ says a writer from the Nineteenth Virginia Regiment, ‘having relatives and friends in the army, are concerned about the religious privileges which we enjoy.
A brief sketch of this feature of camp-life in the Nineteenth Regiment will doubtless be gratifying to them.
Every night the voice of prayer and praise is heard in one or more of the tents, and on the Sabbath mornings and evenings, and on Wednesday nights, sermons are preached in a church in the immediate vicinity of the camp by the chaplain, the Rev. P. Slaughter
, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Griffin
The interest of these services was much enhanced on last Sunday by the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord
's Supper, and by the admission of three officers to their first communion.
Many hearty prayers were offered that they may manfully fight under the banner of the Cross, and continue Christ
's faithful soldiers until their lives end. It is encouraging to see the disposition of those in command to furnish facilities for public worship, and the alacrity of the men in responding to every call, marching to church sometimes in double-quick time, lest they should fail to get seats.
Let those who remain in their pleasant homes remember the soldier on the tented field.
He needs the grace of God to enable him to bear patiently the toils and sufferings of the campaign, even more than to face the enemy in the field.’
Good tidings came from many other portions of the army.
Scenes like the following became more frequent every week: