A thrilling incident
--A few evenings ago, at a mass meeting in behalf of Army Colportage, held at the Grace Street
Baptist Church, Hon. Thos. H. Watts
of the Southern Confederacy, related the following beautiful incident:
A short time since the regiment then under his command was on its way from Mobile
All along the route the women cheered them on. As the train passed through a village in Alabama
, there appeared in the porch of a house, very near the railroad, a young and beautiful mother, who held out towards the soldiers her tender infant, and at the same time raised her eyes, swimming in tears, to heaven, as though in silent prayer to God.
The effect was thrilling, and many brave men on that train were affected to tears.
That mother seemed to say; ‘"I am weak — you are strong.
Save me and my little babe from the fierce cruelty of our enemies."’ She seemed also to say:‘"And yet, unaided by Divine power, you cannot succeed; and, therefore, I will call upon the God of Battles to go with you, and give you success."’ ‘"That picture,"’said the speaker, ‘"I shall never forget.
It was photographed in the hearts of those soldiers, and loomed up before them as they shared the perils and glories of the memorable struggle at Shiloh
No pen can tell the effect produced by the above on the hearers.
The falling tear told that the hearts of not a few were stirred to their profoundest depths.