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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 8: eagerness of the soldiers to hear the Gospel. (search)
the crossing of the enemy, and in the battles which followed, many of these noble fellows were called to the judgment-bar of God. And so, when the preacher stood up before these congregations of veterans, his very soul was stirred within him, and he determined to know nothing among them save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 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 of the missionaries or chaplains were ever able, before or since, to preach sermons of such power as they were stirred up to preach in the army. If a man had any capacity whatever to preach, it would be developed under circumstances which would have stirred an angel's heart; and if he knew anything about the Gospel at all, he would tell it to th
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 9: State of religion in 1861-62. (search)
I will only add, we have had many more such meetings. The night of the 8th inst. will long be remembered by many. I have seen the seeker weep; I have seen the new-born soul rejoice; fifteen have been converted in my company in a short time. During the spring of 1862 two faithful chaplains, Rev. J. W. Timberlake, of the Second Florida, and Rev. W. H. C. Cone, of the Nineteenth Georgia, died from disease contracted in the service, and two, Rev. Geo. W. Harris, of Upperville, and Rev. Dr. J. C. Granberry (then chaplain of the Eleventh Virginia Regiment), were wounded in the faithful discharge of their duty. The chaplains, missionaries, colporters and Christian workers generally were stirred up to renewed diligence by the scenes through which they were called on to pass, but, as a wounded soldier put it, God preached to us as all of the preachers on earth could not do. The testimony to the blessed fact of God's presence among the soldiers is most abundant. God is in the army,
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 11: the great revival along the Rapidan. (search)
sed; also many others, from other companies of the battalion. Now that the reaping time has come, should not all God-fearing men be engaged, that the good Lord may send out more laborers to gather in the ripe harvest? I have heard much of the wickedness of the camp, but at this time the Spirit of God has so far subdued the power of sin in the soul, that I heard but one oath, and did not see any immoral conduct during my sojourn. To God's name be all the glory. J. C. Perkins. Rev. Dr. J. C. Granberry, who had at this time been appointed by his Church as one of their missionaries to the army, and whose able sermons and untiring labors were greatly blessed and made for him a warm place in the hearts of the soldiers, thus wrote to the Richmond Christian Advocate, early in September, 1863: I have been employed one month in my new position as a missionary to the army. Brother Evans having been compelled by ill health to resign his appointment, Bishop Early transferred me, at my r
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 12: progress of the work in 1864-65. (search)
the Fourteenth South Carolina, led the willing converts down into the water and buried them with Christ in baptism. Brother J. J. D. Renfroe, of the Tenth Alabama Regiment, has baptized a number recently in his own brigade and in Law's. Other brethren are frequently doing the same, and numbers of young converts are uniting with other denominations. I have not heard from Thomas's or Wright's Georgia Brigade recently, but presume that the good work still goes on in these brigades. Rev. J. C. Granberry, Methodist missionary to Hill's Corps (and, by the way, one of the ablest preachers and most efficient workers I know), has, within the past two Sabbaths, preached on army missions and taken up collections at Washington street and Market street Methodist Churches, Petersburg. At the former he secured five thousand and at the latter seven thousand dollars—a liberal contribution, when we remember the circumstances which surround these churches; and some of our more highly-favored breth
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 13: results of the work and proofs of its genuineness (search)
in the heat of battle, and that they were now called to face the enemy in greater numbers; that, as Christians and patriots, they should resolve to do their whole duty to their country; then kneeling down, he called upon a minister, who was a private in the ranks, to offer prayer. When they arose, nearly every eye was suffused with tears, and God was felt to be present. During that day of battle it is said that three of this company sought and obtained the pardon of their sins. Rev. Dr. J. C. Granberry, then chaplain of the Eleventh Virginia Regiment, thus speaks of Major Carter Harrison, a brother of Captain Dabney Carr Harrison (of whom an extended sketch is given in a previous chapter): I shall never cease to remember with admiration one of the earliest victims of this war, Major Carter Harrison, of the Eleventh Virginia. He was an earnest servant of Christ; modest, firm, unostentatious, zealous. He seized at once the hearts of the regiment by his many virtues, by his courtes
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
sometimes to other regiments and brigades. Often also I preached during the week, in the day or at night. I distributed a great many tracts and religious papers among our men, which were generally very readily, and sometimes gladly, received. I was present a part of the time (luring the revival in Orange county after our troops returned from the battle of Gettysburg. There was great interest on the subject of religion then through our whole division. The preaching of Dr. Pryor, Rev. J. C. Granberry and others was much blessed. A number, I know not how many, professed religion in my brigade, some few in my own small regiment. When we were ordered to march many were still anxious inquirers. Among others who professed religion there was the assistant surgeon of our regiment, Dr. H——. He afterwards gave abundant evidence of a change of heart. I saw much of him for months afterwards, and can say that no subject appeared to have anything like as much interest for him as the subje
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Roster of chaplains, army of Northern Virginia. (search)
. E. Joyner. Fourteenth Virginia. Rev. Mr. Crocker. Terry's Brigade. First Virginia. Rev. Mr. Oldrich. Third Virginia. Rev. Mr. Hammond; J. W. Ward. Seventh Virginia. John H. Bocock; F. McCarthy; Rev. Mr. Frayser. Eleventh Virginia. John C. Granberry; Thos. C. Jennings. Twenty-fourth Virginia. W. F. Gardiner Hunton's Brigade. Eighth Virginia. T. A. Ware; Geo. W. Harris. Eighteenth Virginia. J. D. Blackwell. Nineteenth Virginia. P. Slaughter. Twenty-eighth Virginia. Rev. Mr. Tinsl's Battalion. J. A. Chambliss. Gibbes' Virginia Battalion. Cabell's Virginia Battalion. Huger's Virginia Battalion. Washington Artillery Battalion. Wm. A. Hall. Missionary Chaplains in the Corps: Rev. Dr. Theodorick Pryor; Rev. Dr. J. C. Granberry; Rev. Harvie Hatcher; Rev. A. B. Woodfin. Second Corps (Major-General John B. Gordon commanding). Chaplains-at-large: Rev. Dr. B. T. Lacy; Rev. Dr. L. Rosser; Rev. E. J. Willis. Gordon's Division. Evans' Brigade. Sixty-fir
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix no. 2: the work of grace in other armies of the Confederacy. (search)
s to the Church in a very few days. In Stovall's Georgia Brigade a meeting has been in progress eighteen days. 75 have joined the Church, and as many are converted. Gibson's Louisiana Brigade has neither chaplain nor missionary, but ministers from other commands have commenced a protracted meeting which promises great good. 40 have professed faith and asked for Church membership within the last twelve days. A meeting is being held by different chaplains and other ministers in General Granberry's Texas Brigade which has no chaplain. There are crowds of penitents at the altar—35 conversions and 42 accessions to the Church within a few days; and a large number are interested on the subject of salvation. In General Dea's Alabama Brigade during two months 50 or 60 have joined the Church, and perhaps as many have been converted; while 125 penitents are still seeking God. General Govan's Arkansas Brigade and General Polk's Arkansas and Tennessee Brigade are both blessed with