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peal to the sapphire throne. Few such spectacles have been witnessed in modern times, and it is needless to add that few such examples have ever told with more wondrous power upon the hearts of men. Is it surprising that Stonewall Jackson is invincible, and that he can lead his army to certain victory, whenever God's blessing precedes the act? All the armies of the Confederacy were more or less blessed with pious Generals, who strove to lead their soldiers to the cross of Christ. General Gordon, writing from the Army in Virginia, urged the ministers of the Churches to come out into the camps. The few missionaries we have, he says, are not preaching, it is true, in magnificent temples, or from gorgeous pulpits, on Sabbath days to empty benches, but daily, in the great temple of nature, and at night by heaven's chandeliers, to audiences of from 1,000 to 2,000 men anxious to hear of the way of life. A writer, speaking of the religious influence in the Army of Tennessee, says:
nteers, was elected Major at its organization, and Colonel at its reorganization six months afterward. He greatly distinguished himself at the battles around Richmond, at Manassas, and at Fredericksburg. He was promoted and put in command of Gen. Gordon's celebrated brigade. The last year of the war he commanded Gordon's old division. He was an earnest, working Christian, and in the midst of war the call came to him to preach the gospel, but he wore his sword until the fatal day of AppomattGordon's old division. He was an earnest, working Christian, and in the midst of war the call came to him to preach the gospel, but he wore his sword until the fatal day of Appomattox, when, with his noble comrades, he laid down the weapons of war, returned to his home, and was soon afterward licensed to preach and received into the Georgia Conference, M. E. Church, South. It is a singular incident that his first Circuit was called Manassas, and that his junior preacher was one of his old army couriers. He is still actively engaged in the ministerial work. The revival was hardly less powerful in those regiments and brigades which were favored with the regular services
mbers. The Georgia Conference determined, if possible, to furnish one missionary to each Georgia brigade, and at the session of 1863 the work was begun by sending seven ministers: R. B. Lester to Jackson's brigade, Army of Tennessee; A. M. Thigpen to Colquitt's brigade, near Charleston; J. W. Turner to the troops in and around Savannah, and on the coast below there; G. W. Yarbrough to Wofford's brigade, Gen. Longstreet's army; T. 11. Stewart to Thomas' brigade, and P. 0. Harper to Gordon's brigade, Army of Virginia; and L. B. Payne temporarily to visit the hospitals between Atlanta and Guyton C. R. R. until a brigade is selected for him. Another, T. F. Pierce, is now in the State military service, and will receive his appointment to a brigade when his term expires. That a faithful minister had his hands full of work in the army may be seen by the following sample report of a missionary: Dec. 17, 18, and 19.-Services consisted of exhortation, singing, and prayer.
e God of our forefathers in the defence of our homes and our liberties, thanking him for his past blessings and imploring their continuance upon our cause and our people. R. E. Lee. Rev. S. H. Smith, writing of the observance of the day in Gordon's brigade, says: I have no idea that ever before was there such a day realized by the present generation. Old professors of religion expressed a degree of confidence in God, of an early deliverance from this bloody revolution, that astonisnity of properly observing the day. The great stillness of the men, says an eyewitness, exceeded anything ever seen. The devout officers joined heartily in these services, and some of them delivered stirring exhortations to their soldiers. Gen. Gordon, says Rev. P. 0. Harper, missionary, takes an active interest in religious exercises and in the spiritual welfare of those under his charge, which, 1 am sorry to say, is not the case with all the officers in the brigade. On yesterday (fast-da
break down. Bishop Lay, of the P. E. Church, in a letter to a relative in Charleston, S. C., describes a scene of the deepest interest in the same army. The Bishop was earnestly laboring as a missionary in the Georgia army. He says: Yesterday, in Strahl's brigade, I preached and confirmed nine persons. Last night we had a very solemn service in Gen. Hood's room, some forty persons, chiefly Generals and Staff Officers, being present. I confirmed Gen. Hood and one of his Aids, Capt. Gordon of Savannah, and a young Lieutenant from Arkansas. The service was animated, the praying good. Shells exploded near by all the time. Gen. Hood, unable to kneel, supported himself on his crutch and staff, and with bowed head received the benediction. Next Sunday I am to administer the communion at headquarters. To-night ten or twelve are to be confirmed in Clayton's division. The enemy there are within two hundred and fifty yards of our line, and the firing is very constant. I fear
quarely across Lee's front, and had closed forever his last line of retreat. The enemy, reaching your cavalry advance, saw the serried line of Union troopers. Gordon gathered and massed his men for their last charge. Tattered and hungry, worn by ceaseless marching and fighting with no hope of victory, with little possible hoprsemen, as parts some mighty curtain, and there stood the close formed battalions of infantry, the cannon gleaming in the openings, quietly awaiting the coming of Gordon's men. Instinctively your enemy halted. Meanwhile Lee has turned back to meet Grant and surrendered his command. Sheridan swung his cavalry around upon GordoGordon's left and was about to charge, when Custer reached Longstreet. Assurance of surrender was given, and the end bad come. The Sabbath day, with tears and in sorrow, Southern men folded the banners of the Lost cause, and their bravest and best sought honorably to bury them from sight forever. How sad it is that poor ambiti