saw comrades fall thick and fast around them, and were made to feel, ‘There is but a step between me and death,’ they were brought to serious reflection and solemn resolve.
Earnest men and noble women were untiring in the hospitals in pointing the sick and wounded to the Great Physician, and God richly blessed their efforts.
Some of the more incompetent chaplains were sloughed off
when they found that there was real work to be done and hardship and danger to be met. Some noble, self-sacrificing workers were added to our number, and all were stirred up to their duty by the solemn scenes in which they were called to minister.
We had some precious seasons of worship from the day that old ‘Stonewall
’ electrified the Confederacy
with his famous dispatch: ‘God blessed our arms with victory at McDowell
;’ all through the Valley
campaign; Seven Days around Richmond
; Cedar Run
; Second Manassas
, and The first Maryland campaign; and there were a number of professions of conversion, while backsliders were reclaimed and careless professors awakened to their duty.
But when we came back from Sharpsburg
to rest for a season amid the green fields and beautiful groves, and beside the clear streams of the lower Valley of Virginia, there began that series of revivals which went graciously and gloriously on until there had been over fifteen thousand professions of conversion in Lee
's Army, and there had been wrought a moral and religious revolution which those who did not witness it can scarcely appreciate.
A South Carolina
chaplain writes, from camp near Richmond
, to the Southern Presbyterian
: ‘I am both astonished and I trust grateful to see how attentively officers and men listen to the preached word, and how eagerly they read the tracts which I have been able to supply.
It would gladden the heart of many a pious friend at home if they could be permitted to listen to the chorus of manly voices which blend in singing the sweet songs of Zion
amid the green trees of our bivouac.
The tone of morality is much higher than I dared to hope.’
The Richmond Christian Advocate
speaks hopefully of the state of religion in the army and the country.
Of the former it says that numbers, including several prominent officers, are reported both from hospitals and camps as brought from death unto life.