‘For more than a week a revival has been in progress among the soldiers stationed at Ashland
Services are held every night in the Baptist church, and the seats set apart for the anxious are frequently wellnigh filled by the soldiers, who are asking for the prayers of God's people.
Rev. W. E. Hatcher
, of Manchester
, preaches every night.
At Aquia creek
thirty have professed conversion within a few weeks, a number of whom were baptized in the Potomac
by Rev. Geo. F. Bagby
, a chaplain.
The entire regiment with which the converts were connected turned out to witness the ceremony.
Our informant says he has never looked upon a more lovely and impressive scene.
We understand that a protracted meeting is in progress in Colonel Cary
's regiment, and that Rev. Andrew Broaddus
, of Caroline, is officiating.
We hear of another revival in which twelve soldiers professed conversion, five of whom united with the Methodists, four with the Baptists, and the remainder with the Presbyterians.
The religious community of the Confederate States
ought to feel encouraged by these tokens of the Divine power to put forth still greater efforts in behalf of the spiritual welfare of our army.
of the soldiers are destitute of a copy of the New Testament, and of all other religious reading.’
From Fairfax Court House, Rev. J. M. Carlisle
wrote, to a religious paper at Richmond
‘As chaplain of the Seventh Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, I desire to return thanks to certain unknown parties, in your city, for a donation of religious books and tracts forwarded to me for distribution among the soldiers.
They were gladly received, and are being generally read, and I trust will be a positive good.
May the blessing of God be upon those whose gift they are.’
But there came, soon after the first battle of Manassas
, and during the long inactivity which followed it, a period of demoralization which was unequalled by any witnessed during the war. Our people generally thought that this great victory had virtually ended the war—that before the spring England
would recognize the Confederacy
, and the North
be forced to acknowledge our independence.
Many people at home quit praying and went to speculating in the necessaries of life, coining money out of the sufferings of soldiers and people, and the demoralization soon extended to the army.
The vices common to most armies ran riot through our camps.
Drunkenness became so common