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peculiar institutions, must have filled them with astonishment, if not with admiration. The leading public journal of the world thus described the impression made on the European mind by the attitude of the Southern people: The people of the Confederate States have made themselves famous. If the renown of brilliant courage, stern devotion to a cause, and military achievements almost without a parallel, can compensate men for the toil and privations of the hour, then the countrymen of Lee and Jackson may be consoled amid their sufferings. From all parts of Europe, from their enemies as well as from their friends, from those who condemn their acts as well as those who sympathize with them, comes the tribute of admiration. When the history of this war is written the admiration will doubtless become deeper and stronger, for the veil which has covered the South will be drawn away, and disclose a picture of patriotism, of unanimous self-sacrifice, of wise and firm administratio
them, nor were the words of prayer a strange language. It was home-like to meet for the worship of God, and not unfrequently the same minister whom they had known in their distant homes lifted up his voice among them in the wilderness, and called them to repentance. How often were scenes like the following witnessed among the rough-looking men in gray jackets, who crowded the log chapels to hear the glad tidings of salvation. Rev. Dr. Sehon, writing of his labors among the soldiers in General Lee's army, says: A most interesting incident occurred during the exercises of the evening: A request was made for a Bible for the stand. Several were ready to respond. The book was received from a tall and interesting looking young man. I noticed his large blue eyes and attractive face as he came forward and placed the holy book before me. Instantly his home rose before me. I fancied how father, mother, brothers, sisters, felt when he left, and how they thought of and prayed for h
lanket she had sent for the suffering soldiers. It is a well-known fact that the wife of our illustrious leader, Robert Edward Lee, though a cripple, unable to walk by reason of disease, constantly employed her time during a great part of the war: After the battle of Sharpsburg we passed over a line of railroad in Central Georgia. The disabled soldiers from Gen. Lee's army were returning to their homes. At every station the wives and daughters of the farmers came on the cars and distf these brought their religion with them into the army, and many others were the happy subjects of the great revival. General Lee attached his men to him not less by his goodness of heart and his deep-toned, unobtrusive piety, than by his skill andficers was most effectually done. We select a few out of the many illustrative incidents that crowd upon us: In General Lee's army there was a captain who made a profession of religion. As soon as he found peace, he called his company togeth
to us and our country in heartfelt acts of religious worship. For this purpose the troops will remain in camp to-day, suspending, as far as practicable, all military exercises, and the chaplains of regiments will hold divine service in their several charges at 4 o'clock P. M. to-day. The victories of Jackson in the Valley were speedily followed by the hard-fought battle of Seven Pines. In the evening of the first day of this battle, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was severely wounded, and Gen. R. E. Lee was placed in command of the army. Nearly the whole month of June was spent in active preparations for the great struggle which was to decide the fate of Richmond. Gen. McClellan's immense army, with every appliance of modern warfare, lay below the city, and gradually approached under cover of immense earthworks and entrenched camps. The Confederate General, having completed his arrangements for the attack on the grand army, opened the battle on the 26th of June by a spirited assault
f 1862. The moral impressions of the sanguinary battles around Richmond were of the most salutary character. A wounded soldier, referring to them, said: God preached to us as all the preachers on earth could not do. All felt that the hand of God was manifest in these tremendous struggles. A pious officer wrote immediately after the close of the battles: Never before have I seen so clearly and powerfully intervened in our behalf the right arm of the Lord of hosts. The names of Lee, Hill, Jackson, Magruder, and others, have been rendered immortal by their gallantry and skill so strikingly evinced in this series of engagements; but while their names are in our hearts and their praises upon our tongues, let there go up from the Southern Confederacy a warm and a universal shout of Glory to God in the highest; for had not God been with us, we must have been almost annihilated. Such will be the impression upon the minds of all who may hereafter traverse the battle-fields wi
McClellan, indicated a purpose to try again the original Manassas route to the coveted city. General Lee, who seemed to have an intuitive perception of the plans of his adversaries, at once disposedthe 28th, 29th, and 30th of August. Jackson's column was followed by that of Longstreet, and General Lee came after his two great Lieutenants with the remainder of the Confederate army. The troops g always in fine spirits, having much pleasurable amusement along the way, calling themselves General Lee's foot cavalry, etc. The same writer, attached to Longstreet's corps, gives a lively accoulds, the same scenes were repeated that had so recently been witnessed in and around Richmond. Gen. Lee, moving rapidly after the retreating foe, was compelled to leave his broken-down, sick, and wound thirst, superadded to the torture of fly-blown, festering wounds. The victorious legions of Lee swept on toward Maryland, leaving the discomfited army of Pope huddled around Washington city. A
McClellan again took the direction of military affairs. General Lee moved rapidly into Federicktown, from which place, on thopposite Harper's Ferry, General Jackson was directed by General Lee to recross the Potomac at Williamsport, capture Martinsbar guard of our army and had been placed at this point by Gen. Lee to impede the reinforcing column. The battle was obstinan the rear of Gen. McLaws, who held the Maryland Heights, Gen. Lee retired to Sharpsburg, where he could readily unite his wed the other to attack. Late in the evening of the 18th, Gen. Lee issued the order for the return of his army to Virginia. ollowing account of this masterly movement: Whether Gen. Lee took this step from a military necessity, or for some strching and fighting, under such great disadvantages, than General Lee's has done since it left the banks of James river. It pc deeds were performed. After their return to Virginia, General Lee spoke to his half-famished, half-naked, but invincible l
all in the past, and she will never appeal in vain to its courage and patriotism. The signal manifestations of Divine mercy that have distinguished the eventful and glorious campaign of the year just closing, give assurance of hope that the guidance of the same Almighty hand, the coming year, will be no less fruitful of events that will insure the safety, peace, and happiness of our beloved country, and add new lustre to the already imperishable name of the Army of Northern Virginia. R. E. Lee, General. Of the battle of Murfreesboro, which closed this eventful year, General Bragg wrote on the night of December 31: The bloodiest day of the war has closed. At seven in the morning the Confederates attacked the Federal lines and, after ten hours hard fighting, took them at every point except on the extreme left, where they were successfully resisted. The vast numbers and resources of the Federals prevented us from seizing the fruits of this victory, and General Bragg in his di
e that General Paxton was killed; General Jackson severely, Generals Heth and A. P. Hill slightly, wounded. (Signed) R. E. Lee, General. May 5, 1863. At the close of the battle of Chancellorsville, on Sunday, the enemy was reported advancing completely commanded this side. His army, therefore, escaped with the loss of a few additional prisoners. (Signed) R. E. Lee, General Commanding. The dark cloud that overhung this great victory was the death of Gen. Jackson. The sad story abled in your stead. I congratulate you upon the victory which is due to your skill and energy. Most truly yours, R. E. Lee, General. Our readers know the result of the great battle of Chancellorsville-so nobly begun by Jackson, and so brangth. Let his name be a watchword to his corps, who have followed him and victory on many fields. Let officers and soldiers emulate his invincible determination to do everything in defence of their beloved country. (Signed) R. E. Lee, General.
asure that in many brigades convenient houses of worship have been erected, and earnestly desires that every facility consistent with the requirements of discipline shall be afforded the men to assemble themselves together for the purpose of devotion. II. To this end he directs that none but duties strictly necessary shall be required to be performed on Sunday, and that all labor, both of men and animals, which it is practicable to postpone, or the immediate performance of which is not essential to the safety, health, or comfort of the army, shall be suspended on that day. III. Commanding officers will require the usual inspections on Sunday to be held at such times as not to interfere with the attendance of the men on divine service at the customary hour in the morning. They will also give their attention to the maintenance of order and quiet around the place of worship, and prohibit anything that may tend to disturb or interrupt religious exercises. R. E. Lee, General.
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