against God and common decency, than any other, hides its hideous head — I mean profanity.
The testimony of a soldier who writes for the Southern Lutheran is: “When we first came into camp, swearing was a common practice; but now, thank God, an oath is seldom heard.
Our men seem to feel as if they ought to be more observant of God's law.”
The Church of Christ is very strongly represented in the regiment.
We have many praying men; and indeed a more quiet, orderly, and religiously-disposed body of troops cannot, I presume, be found in the service; and be assured that when the time for fighting comes, beneath the banner of the Cross and our country's flag, we shall present an unflinching front.
It was the religious fanaticism of Cromwell's puritanic army which made it invincible.
It is the genuine religious tone of Jackson's which, under a pious commander, has thus far rendered it unconquerable, and we trust that the powerful religious element in this command will inspire sentiments of the highest order of patriotism when the occasion comes for every man to stamp himself a hero!
But while the fruits of these genuine revivals appeared so abundantly in many portions of the various armies of the Confederacy
, it is but due to the truth of history to say that in some regiments the godly labors of the chaplains were treated with indifference, and sometimes actually opposed by the officers in command.
A devout and eminent minister, in speaking of the conduct and influence of this class of officers, says:
In many of the regiments there are no chaplains; perhaps because in some instances the commanding officers of the regiment do not desire one, and none is sought for, although hundreds of the rank and file desire the presence of the minister of God among them.
Yet, what is the wish of this large majority of the regiment to weigh against the purposes of an ungodly, drunken, swearing Colonel, who thinks himself too great