same peace of mind and the same resolute composure.
The two battles leave me with nine perforations in my clothing, made by at least six balls; a slight contusion from a piece of bomb, and a severe wound in my left thigh, a large ball passing clear through, ranging between the bone and the femoral artery.
Upon receiving it, I looked down and discovered the hemorrhage to be very copious.
I was not only not afraid to die, but death seemed to me a welcome messenger.
Immediately there came over my soul such a burst of the glories of heaven, such a foretaste of its joys, as I have never before experienced.
It was rapturous and ecstatic beyond expression.
The New Jerusalem seemed to rise up before me in all its beauty and attractiveness.
I could almost hear the songs of the angels.
My all-absorbing thought, however, was about my Redeemer, whose arms were stretched out to receive me. So completely overwhelming and exclusive was the thought of heaven, that I was wholly unconscious of any tie that bound me to earth.
I was still standing within a few steps of where I was wounded, and yet I utterly forgot my danger and thought of no means of preserving my life.
There I stood in the midst of men, and where deadly missiles were flying thick and fast, and yet my thoughts were completely abstracted from everything around me. So fully was God's love shed abroad in my heart, and so delightful was the contemplation of the offices of the blessed Saviour, that I could think of nothing else.
Now, how gracious it was in the Lord
thus to grant me an experience which has made me thank Him a thousand times since for what has befallen me!
I will not call it an affliction
, nor even a “blessing in disguise
,” but the most clear, open, manifest blessing
I have ever enjoyed.
The intent, no doubt, was to let me know where my heart lay, and by unveiling the reward that awaits the faithful to stimulate me to renewed and ever-increasing obedience.
has permitted me to live, and I bless Him for it. I bless Him for anything, everything, He may choose to allot me. Our enthusiasm about earthly objects must, of course, be far less intense than when heaven, with all its glories and beatitudes, is the subject of our contemplation.’
A few days since, a chaplain at Gordonsville
said to Brother J. C. Clopton
: ‘One hundred of the men in my regiment have professed conversion since we have been in the service, and the greater number spoke of your tracts as having been instrumental in leading them to Christ
Rev. W. L. Fitcher
, our colporter in