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Richmond, Oct. 5.--Rev. A. E. Dickinson, general superintendent of the Baptist Colportage Board in Virginia, writes as follows: The Baptist Colportage Board, located in Richmond, has published upward of seven hundred thousand pages of religious tracts addressed to soldiers, and have arranged for the publication of twelve thousand pocket Testaments, two thousand of which we expect to receive next week.
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 1: religious elements in the army. (search)
aptain of the Thomasville Rifles, which company has offered its services to the State. A letter from Richmond, Virginia, states that the Rev. George Woodbridge, D. D., pastor of the Monumental (P. E.) Church, and a graduate of West Point, has been busily engaged for several nights drilling two volunteer companies. The Rev. Dr. Wilmer, pastor of the Emanuel Church, near Richmond, is the captain of a military company. The Rev. Moses Hoge, D. D., is a member of the Home Guard. Rev. Dr. A. E. Dickinson, who had been for several years superintendent of the Virginia Baptist colportage board, and who in the early days of the war saw the necessity for this work, and promptly sent his band of trained colporters to the army and the hospitals, thus writes in the Religious Herald. There never was a more inviting field for colportage effort than that now afforded by the large armies that are being stationed at various points in this State. In a few hours a colporter may place a trac
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 2: influence of Christian officers. (search)
ian President, Jefferson Davis, was always outspoken on the side of evangelical religion, and manifested the deepest interest in all efforts for the spiritual good of the soldiers. His fast-day and thanksgiving-day proclamations were not only beautiful specimens of the chaste style and classic English for which this great man is remarkable, but they also breathed a spirit of humble, devout piety, which did not fail to have its influence on the armies of the Confederacy. He said to Rev. A. E. Dickinson, who was then superintendent of the Virginia Baptist Colportage Board, which resolved in June, 1861, to send to labor in the army its band of nearly one hundred trained colporters: I most cordially sympathize with this movement. We have but little to hope for, if we do not realize our dependence upon heaven's blessing and seek the guidance of God's truth. In his message under date of April 29, 1861, President Davis used this language, as expressive of his sentiments and his feeli
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 4: influence of Christian officers—concluded. (search)
er-meetings in his command, and during seasons of special revival I have heard him, with eloquent words and tearful eyes, make powerful appeals to his men to come to Christ, and have seen him go off into the woods with his arms about some ragged private, that he might point him to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. He was always the active friend and helper of his chaplains, and did everything in his power to promote the spiritual welfare of his men. He wrote Dr. A. E. Dickinson, Superintendent of Army Colportage, the following stirring appeal, which was published in the Religious Herald at the time and is well worth preserving, not only as illustrating his character and influence, but as showing also the condition of things in the army: camp near Orange Court House, Virginia, September 6, 1863. Brother Dickinson: Why is it that our good people at home, of the various denominations, are not sending more missionaries to the army? Every effort is made t
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 5: Bible and colportage work. (search)
ne year after these labors were commenced, Mr. Dickinson said, in his annual report: We have re highly esteemed by the soldiers, and Rev. A. E. Dickinson was instructed by the General Associatit greater than at any former period. Rev. A. E. Dickinson, the general superintendent of this boaingly interested in the great salvation! A. E. Dickinson. Mr. Dickinson wisely secured the inhis letter enclosed a handsome donation. A. E. Dickinson. Richmond, June 19, 1862. Dear Sid admission. After singing and prayer, Rev. A. E. Dickinson made some statements, giving an account out on such an inclement evening. Rev. Dr. A. E. Dickinson, of Richmond, now editor of the Religt to secure Southern independence. . . . A. E. Dickinson, General Superintendent. Several yond the tracts as soon as possible. . . . A. E. Dickinson. Lynchburg, Virginia, September. The fields are white unto the harvest. A. E. Dickinson. A few days since a colporter was di[6 more...]
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 6: hospital work. (search)
her said to me: When I first came into the hospital I was sad and dissatisfied, but since I have been here I have learned of Jesus, and thank God even for tribulations. There is great need of Testaments, as many are destitute of them. . . . A. E. Dickinson. Rev. Joseph E. Martin, from Chimborazo Hospital at Richmond, writes: We have had lately sixteen conversions. One young man was very anxious to learn to read. I procured him a spelling-book, and in a few days he learned so rapidly as tss—some sitting upon their beds listening to the word of God—many of them probably for the last time. I do not think I ever saw a more attentive audience. They seemed to drink in the word of life at every breath. Some time since, says Rev. A. E. Dickinson, it was my pleasure to stand up in the presence of a large company of convalescent soldiers in one of our hospitals to proclaim salvation. During the reading of a portion of Scripture tears began to flow. I then announced that dear old h
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 8: eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel. (search)
e at which we had preaching, and some of the scenes are as vividly impressed upon me as if they had been yesterday. Dr. John A. Broadus, Dr. Andrew Broaddus, Rev. Andrew Broaddus (of Kentucky), Dr. Burrows, Dr. Thos. H. Pritchard, Dr. Jeter, Dr. Dickinson, Rev. F. M. Barker, Rev. L. J. Haley, Dr. J. A. Duncan, Dr. Rosser, Dr. Doggett, Dr. J. E. Edwards, Dr. Hoge, Dr. Stiles, Dr. Bocock, Dr. Pryor, Dr. Bennett, and others, came to preach in the camps, and the chaplains had no sort of difficultys agent for army missions, but often took a furlough to come to the army, where his labors were greatly blessed) as he rode up to my quarters, near old Pisgah Church, one day, and to my invitation to dismount, replied: No! I was ordered by General Dickinson to report to you for duty; but I must know where I am to preach to-night before I can get off my horse, for if you have no place for me, I must at once proceed to find one for myself. Oh! I replied, there are a planty of places at which
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 10: revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg. (search)
as assisted at different times by Rev. Dr. J. C. Stiles, Rev. Dr. William J. Hoge, Rev. James D. Coulling, Rev. Dr. J. A. Duncan, Rev. Dr. J. L. Burrows, Rev. Dr. A. E. Dickinson, Rev. W. H. Carroll, and others, and the constant help of Rev. J. L. Pettigrew and other earnest workers in the brigade. Dr. Stiles began his labors tC. Stiles and Rev. Mr. Coulling have been with us, and Rev. Dr. Burrows is with us at present. Rev. M. D. Anderson, colporter in the army, an employee of Brother A. E. Dickinson, has been with us for several days. In the early part of the meeting he supplied me with a variety of tracts, which I was much in need of, and which I tr colporters, and evangelists. Will not the Churches give with a munificent liberality, of their possessions, that the board may meet these pressing demands? A. E. Dickinson, Superintendent, etc. Dear Brethren: Our brigade has just moved, and suspended the protracted meeting which I told you in my last Dr. Pryor had commence
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 11: the great revival along the Rapidan. (search)
rts among the boys in gray.] A few days after his arrival in Winchester, Rev. Dr. J. A. Broadus thus wrote to Superintendent Dickinson: I am very glad I came to Virginia and came to Winchester. Though there are not such opportunities for preackind of labor. The brethren engaged in the revival at Drewry's Bluff are almost broken down, and need instant help. A. E. Dickinson, Superintendent. Richmond, Virginia. A majority of the Thirty-second Mississippi Regiment are Church-members. funds you may be able to contribute, with which to publish camp hymns, Testaments and tracts for our brave soldiers. A. E. Dickinson. I have already described the scene in this same brigade several weeks later, when at one service 610 came forwaalley a new man, said he; the love of God burns in my heart, and I desire now to speak for Jesus among my comrades. A. E. Dickinson. There is a good degree of religious interest felt in Beckham's Battalion of Artillery, of which I am a member. W
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 12: progress of the work in 1864-65. (search)
ed our poor efforts during this period, I give the following report of one of the missionaries for the year beginning October I, 1863, and ending September 30, 1864. It may be proper to say that on October I, 1864, I accepted an appointment from the Virginia Baptist Sunday-school and Publication Board as missionary-chaplain to A. P. Hill's Corps, and that this report only embraces my labors for the year named: Headquarters, Third Corps, A. N. Va., near Petersburg, October 1, 1864. Rev. A. E. Dickinson, General Superintendent: Dear Brother: I have given you from time to time informal reports of my work, but now that a year has elapsed since I entered the service of your board, it is perhaps expected that I should send you a more formal report of my labors. I have confined myself chiefly to those regiments and brigades most destitute of ministerial labor; but would take occasion to say that I have been treated by the chaplains of all denominations with uniform courtesy and kind
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