Interesting facts and incidents from the Tract distributors.
The following extracts from the letters of persons who are laboring for the spiritual good of our soldiers will doubtless be of interest to many of your readers:
Rev W. Huff
writes from Marion
, Va: "I have visited the hospitals at Bristol
, and Emory
and Henry College.
There are three hundred sick at Emory
and — Henry
, and the number will soon be augmented to one thousand.
The demand for Testaments is very gratefully one-half being destitute of them.
I collect large quantities of Bibles, and other books, from the country people; am now making up a library for Emery
and henry hospital.
The tracts are read with interest and fit A soldier, after reading Dr. Jeter
's tract on swearing, remarked to a friend that he would never again utter as cash.
The President of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad has kindly presented me with a free ticket, so that I can very easily reach all the hospitals and camps along this road."
Rev. W. L. Fetcher
, Petersburg, Virginia
: "For nine months I have been riding from camp to camp, distributing testaments and tracts in the Norfolk
armies.--Now that they have fallen back, I have made this place my headquarters, and will labor in the hospitals and the camps around."
Rev. B. B. Ross
, Corinth, Mississippi
: "I have distributed all of the three boxes of tracts and books you shipped.
I secured the co-operation of three pasters and two chaplains.
I saw two ministers from Holly Springs
, where there are four hospitals.
They promised me to order Testaments and tracts from you and to supply those hospitals.
The tracts are read with interest, and I might give many incidents illustrative of the good they are effecting.
But the clamor is for Testaments.
Those with palms are especially sought for. Souls, thousands of them, are perishing for lack of knowledge."
Rev. Mr. Ross
is the Methodist Presiding Elder
, but thinking that now he might do more good among the soldiers, he has gone to Corinth
to act as our agent there, in looking out pious men and inducing them to become tract distributors.
Miss A., of Fincastle
: "The packages of tracts you have sent have been received and distributed.
Allow me to thank you for the privilege of assisting in this delightful work.
Two weeks ago I learned that the 2nd Virginia regiment would pass within five miles of this place on route
for Public Depot.
Being anxious to give them tracts, I walked out to the road, where the soldiers were resting in the shade.
Brethren Corron and Ellison
accompanied us. The soldiers came around us faster than we could hand them out. Numbers would say, 'Please give me a tract;' others, to whom I had given one, would soon return and beg for another, so that in the course of an hour I had given away one thousand one hundred and twelve tracts.
They seemed particularly fond of the large ones, as they contained more reading matter.
Many were affected by the work entitled 'A mother's parting words to her soldier boy,' having left behind them pious mothers.
Many said that they had nothing to read for months.
Numbers were destitute of Testaments — some never having had any, while others had lost theirs in hasty retreats'
Rev. J. M. B. Roach
10th regiment Alabama volunteers, writes: "You may be assured that our soldiers read with deep interest your tracts.
I have seen much of their good effects among my regiment.
Just before entering the battle at Williamsburg
a Lieutenant asked for a copy of each of my tracts; he folded them up, about a dozen, and placed them in his side pocket.
During the fight a ball pierced the tracts and lodged against the tract nearest his body.
He attributes the saving of his life to the obstruction afforded by the tracts, and is now apparently much interested in religious matters."