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round, provided every thing be peaceable. Any communication sent to Major W. F. Robinson, First Wisconsin Volunteers, Louisville, Ky., will meet with prompt attention. U. S. Steamer San Jacinto, Capt. Wilkes, arrived at Fortress Monroe with Messrs. Mason and Slidell, prisoners, on board.--N. Y. Time, November 17. Fast day, in the rebel States, was observed with religious services in the various churches of the South. In the Broad street Methodist church, of Richmond, Va., Rev. James A. Duncan preached a sermon, taking his text from the prophecies of Isaiah, fifty-first chapter, ninth and sixteenth verses. We make the following extract from his remarks: The enemy boasted of his eighteen millions who were to come down and overwhelm us, but whose first efforts at our destruction at Bethel church, and on the plains of Manassas, proved so disastrous to himself, when his legions were sent howling back to their capital in consternation and dismay. Well might we ask where is
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 8: eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel. (search)
rmy were so richly blessed—it may be that gifted pulpit-orator, the lamented Dr. William J. Hoge—it may be the golden-mouthed orator of the Virginia pulpit, Dr. James A. Duncan, in whose death his denomination and the State sustained an irreparable loss—it may be the peerless Dr. J. L. Burrows, whose self-sacrificing labors for thefied. If the personal allusions may be pardoned, I do not believe that Dr. Burrows, Dr. Stiles, Dr. Hoge, Dr. Dabney, Dr. Pryor, Dr. Lacy, Dr. Moore, Dr. Read, Dr. Duncan, Dr. Granberry, Dr. Rosser, Dr. Doggett, Dr. Edwards, Dr. John A. Broadus, Dr. Pritchard, Dr. Wingate, Dr. Andrew Broaddus, Dr. Jeter, Dr. A. B. Brown, or any o 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 chapl<
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 10: revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg. (search)
etarded, by the battle of Chancellorsville, and went gloriously on until the line of march was taken for Gettysburg. Indeed that active and bloody campaign only interfered with gathering in the sheaves, but did not stop the work, which still went graciously on. Rev. W. B. Owen (Methodist), chaplain of the Seventeenth Mississippi, had the general conduct of the meetings, and was 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 there the latter part of February, and not long after wrote as follows: After my arrival we held three meetings a day—a morning and afternoon prayer-meeting and a preaching service at night. We could scarcely ask of delightful religious interest more than we received. Our sanctuar
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
out his hand, pressing hers most expressively. Soon afterwards, recovering his speech, he said, with a bright look and cheerful voice, I'm almost over the river. Another, by the name of Thomas, about whose spiritual condition a good many fears had been expressed, and who had been in an anxious state of mind, just before he expired clapped his hands and looked upwards with such evident joy that no one present doubted but that he had experienced at that moment acceptance with God. Rev. Mr. Duncan, of Richmond, told us of his being called up at midnight to see a sick soldier, and finding him full of joy in the prospect of his release. He said: The first time I ever prayed was when I knelt on the battle-field of Manassas and thanked God for having spared my life to see my mother again. Now, I shall never see my mother in this life, but I shall soon see a little sister who has gone before me, and when called to my last account I shall make my report just as I would to my commande
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Roster of chaplains, army of Northern Virginia. (search)
d were untiring in their self-sacrificing labors. I recall the following: Rev. Dr. J. L. Burrows, of the First Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. J. B. Jeter, of the Grace Street Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. D. Shaver, and Rev. Dr. L. W. Seeley, of the Second Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. J. B. Solomon, of Leigh Street Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. M. D. Hoge, of the Second Presbyterian Church; Rev. Dr. T. V. Moore, of the First Presbyterian Church; Rev. Dr. C. H. Read, of Grace Street Presbyterian Church; Rev. Dr. J. A. Duncan, Rev. Dr. D. S. Doggett, and Rev. Dr. J. E. Edwards, of the Methodist Churches; and of the Episcopal Churches, Rev. Dr. C. Minnigerode, of St. Paul's; Rev. Dr. G. W. Woodbridge, of Monumental; Rev. Dr. Peterskin, of St. James'; and Rev. Dr. T. G. Dashiells, of St. Mark's. Among other post-chaplains in the State who did efficient service, I recall the names of Rev. Dr. Geo. B. Taylor, at Staunton; Rev. J. C. Hiden, at the University of Virginia; Rev. Dr. W. F. Broaddus, at Charlott
from the true faith. Itinerant venders of the various isms of the age have found a poor market for their wares among the people of the South. Hence, among the subjects of the army revival there was not found a strange jumble of opinions which had to be cleared from the mind before the simple truths of the gospel could have their full effect. The heroic men on whom God shed forth his Holy Spirit so abundantly and gloriously are well described in the following extracts: The Rev. James A. Duncan, D. D., draws this striking picture of the private soldier in the Confederate army: If the private soldier be a true man, there is something of moral sublimity in his conduct that attracts our highest admiration. And yet how apt some people are to forget him. There is no star on his collar, no glittering ornament on his arm; but his plain gray jacket may enclose as noble a heart as ever throbbed in a human breast, or thrilled with patriotic devotion on the day of battle. In sle
pon it they could invoke the blessing of God without doing violence to their conscience or their faith. The early part of the war, without the blessing of deep and general revivals, was not barren of the fruits of righteousness in the lives, and the peace and glory of religion in the deaths of our soldiers. The scenes often witnessed by the humble cot of the dying patriot were abundant in proof that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. The Rev. Dr. James A. Duncan thus describes a soldier's death: During the first year of the war we were called up at midnight to visit a dying soldier. He was at the Columbian hotel, in Richmond. As we entered the room, we saw the sufferer lying upon his bed, pale and emaciated: the signs of death in his face. At the foot of his bed stood the Adjutant of his regiment; on one side sat a kind old lady, a nurse from one of the hospitals, and who, from the familiar and tender way in which she spoke to hi
Anniversary meeting. --The anniversary meeting of the Missionary Society of the Virginia Conference was celebrated at Alexandria on Saturday evening. Addresses were delivered by Bishop Payne, Dr. Sehon, missionary secretary, and James A. Duncan, of the Virginia Conference, and upwards of $1,500 were collected on various propositions, and fifty life-members made. A venerable lady, Mrs. Ballon, aged 81 years, a widow of one of the old pioneers of the Conference, wrought with her own hands a quilt, which was presented as a donation to the missionary society. One hundred dollars were quickly raised to purchase this as a present for Bishop Payne, and twenty dollars additional to make her a life-member.
General Assembly of Virginia.[Extra session.] Senate. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1861. Called to order at 12 o'clock--Mr. Brannon in the Chair. Prayer by the Rev. J. A. Duncan, of the Broad Street Methodist Church. A communication from the House announced the passage of numerous bills; among them the House bill, which had previously passed the Senate, appropriating one million of dollars for the defence of the State, with an amendment providing that $50,000 of the amount be expended in the erection of three arsenals, viz: one at some point on the Baltimore and Ohio, or Northwestern Virginia Railroad; one at some point near the Great Kanawha River, and another in the great valley at or near Winchester, for the defence of the Western and Northwestern frontier and Valley. Mr. Thomas, of Fairfax, wished to amend by providing for the establishment of an arsenal at Alexandria. Mr. Lynch desired one also at Lynchburg. The Chair decided that the bill could not be
records furnished by the War Department.--These records are of a character too peculiar to be passed without comment. Important testimony of Senator Benjamin--Mr. Buchanan notified of Gov. Floyd's System of issuing acceptances. Mr. Benjamin, who promptly appeared at the request of the Committee, and testified with commendable and courteous frankness, states that during the first session of the present Congress, some twelve or eighteen months ago, he was written to by the Attorney of Duncan, Sherman & Co., of New York, and his opinion requested as to the legality of acceptances issued by Gov. Floyd to Russell, Majors & Waddell. It was mentioned in that letter that these "drafts," as they were then called, were offered for negotiation with the assurance that they were issued with the approbation of the President and Attorney General. Mr. Benjamin visited the President, and submitted the inquiry to him. The President replied that he knew nothing about the matter, that they h
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