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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 5: Bible and colportage work. (search)
ervices, weekly prayermeetings, and preaching every Sunday. I have no tracts. Do send me some, that I may be placing them in the hands of the soldiers. Brother H. Madison, Richmond: I have been laboring three weeks in the various encampments around Richmond, and so much have I been prospered that I feel like thanking God and ern Baptist, says: I had my Bible in my right breast-pocket, and a ball struck it and bounced back. It would have made a severe wound but for the Bible. Brother H. Madison writes: I have seen much of the goodness of God since coming to the army. Many and warm thanks I receive from the soldier. Oh, it is a sad and yet gloriounnot obtain any other reading than that which the colporter carries them, and they are compelled to read to relieve the tedium of the camp and hospital. Brother Henry Madison, near Winchester: Every night, for some time, I have had prayer-meetings in the tent of Captain Sā€”ā€”, which is filled even to overflowing. My own heart has
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 6: hospital work. (search)
borers in the hospitals, ministering to the spiritual wants of our suffering soldiers. In Richmond, we have Elders R. Ryland, D. Shaver, B. Philips, J. W. Williams, and others; at Petersburg, Elder Thos. Hume, Sr.; at Charlottesville, Elder W. F. Broaddus; at Lynchburg, Elders G. C. Trevillian and C. A. Miles; at Liberty, Elder Jas. A. Davis; at Scottsville, J. C. Clopton; at Culpeper Court House, Elder J. N. Fox; at the hospitals in the upper part of the Valley, Elders A. M. Grimsley and H. Madison; at Emory, Henry College, and other hospitals on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, Elders R. Lewis, J. D. Chambers, and W. Buckels; and at Danville we have Elder Jno. C. Long. Besides, many of the chaplains at these several points are likewise acting as our agents, and receiving their supplies from our depositories. What vast good will be effected by these men of God, if the Holy Ghost deigns to attend the message which they, almost every hour, are delivering to some soul heavy-laden
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 12: progress of the work in 1864-65. (search)
the most satisfactory evidence of repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The large congregation which lined the banks of the Rapidan was greatly moved, and I trust that the ordinance was blessed to the good of souls. The stream was very rapid (owing to the recent rains) and the whole scene vividly reminded me of those occasions upon which the great forerunner baptized soldiers in the rapid stream of Jordan. I was told by an old citizen, that about fifty years ago Mrs. General Madison (sister-in-law to the President) was bap tized in the same place in the presence of a large crowd, of which the President was one. What would have been the feelings of the great expounder of the Constitution if he could have looked into the future and seen that at the same place, in fifty years, the ordinance of baptism would be administered to Southern soldiers in sight of the hostile lines of their Northern brethren? The good work which I reported in this brigade some time ago s
, and in a few days have distributed among them 40 Testaments, 22 Bibles, and 4,000 pages of Tracts. I am greatly pleased with the work." Mr. R. W. Cridlin, Mathias' Point: "I find the soldiers anxious to have good books, especially small copies of the New Testament. Many are pious and consistent Christians." Mr. J. W. Williams, Matthews county: "I have morning and evening services, weekly prayer-meetings, and preaching every Sunday. I am out of Tracts, and am very anxious to have a supply as speedily as possible. Our men are all well." Mr. Henry Madison, Richmond: "I find it very pleasant going among the soldiers distributing to them printed truth. They are, in many cases, delighted to have books. I find many who are pious. One company seemed to be composed almost exclusively of religious persons. As soon as I can visit a regiment, it passes away to some other point, and another takes its place, so that I have not much chance to get acquainted with the men."
A Colporteur's report. --Mr. Henry Madison, who is laboring as Colporteur in the encampments around the city, in the employ of the Baptists, furnishes us with the following interesting report of his labors: "During the past month I have sold $22.70 worth of books, and have given away, including Testaments and Tracts, about an equal amount. I hold religious conversation with hundreds every day, and am often greatly delighted with what the soldiers tell me in regard to their religious experience. One said to me, the other day, 'I have a pious wife at home; she prays for me, and I would not take anything in the world for those prayers.' He requested me to bring him certain good books, which he wished to send to his wife. Many seem very anxious to get Testaments and small Bibles and Tracts. Officers, as well as privates, are very kind, and I am permitted to go freely among the soldiers, from camp to camp, trying to urge upon them the claims of the Gospel."
nthly meeting of the Colportage Society, located in this city, last Tuesday evening, ten colporteurs were appointed to labor among the soldiers. Rev. James B. Taylor, D. D., was appointed to labor in the hospitals in and around this city, in connection with Rev. Ro. Ryland, D. D., who has for some time been engaged in the work here; Rev. R. R. Overby, to the soldiers encamped between Petersburg and Norfolk; Mr. W. T. Yarbrough, to the hospitals in Charlottesville; Rev. Geo. W. Given, to Manassas; Mr. Henry Madison, to Ashby's Cavalry; Rev. T. W. Roberts, to Lynchburg; Rev. Mr. Taylor, (formerly Chaplain in Hampton's Legion,) to spend a few months in Col. Gilham's regiment; Rev. H. G. Crews, to the hospitals between Winchester and Romney; Rev. Mr. Runyon, to Hampton's Legion; and Rev. Mr. Robertson, to the Alabama hospitals in this city. During the month the receipts of the Society amounted to $6,750. This work is fast gaining influence and power among all classes of the community.