of a chaplain, a meeting was commenced five weeks since by Bro. Anderson, preacher in charge of Bedford Circuit, but who, in consequence of affliction, was forced to retire in the very incipiency of an encouraging revival.
The charge of the meeting devolved on me, and with the efficient aid of Bros.
and Stevenson (the latter of whom is a supernumerary member of the Tennessee Conference), it has continued up to the present time, without any abatement of the interest.
Each night crowds of penitents throng the altar for prayer, averaging from eighty-five to one hundred, and the number of conversions, according to the most correct estimate, will not fall below one hundred and forty.
The whole number converted at these meetings was four hundred and seventy-eight, while hundreds more, who had yielded to the vices and temptations of the camp, found the joy of salvation restored to their souls.
Under the preaching of Rev. S. M. Cherry
, in McCown
's division, the conversions in two regiments reached one hundred and forty.
In the brigades of Gens. Stuart
, the revival was powerful and many were converted.
“In these revivals,” says Mr. Petway
two encouraging facts are made manifest.
We see officers, from colonels of regiments down to captains, lieutenants, and sergeants, giving their counsels and mingling their tears, songs, and prayers, with those of the private soldier, and a good number of those who are thus engaged have recently been made partakers of God's converting grace.
Another fact worthy of notice consists in the marked attention and deep solemnity of the vast crowds to whom we preach.
The idea of disrespect among soldiers to the worship of God seems to have gained the ascendancy in the minds of those at home, than which nothing is more unfounded.
While the army is composed of every variety of character, some of whom have no aspiration beyond that of card-playing and low, vulgar profanity, yet there