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William W. Bennett, A narrative of the great revival which prevailed in the Southern armies during the late Civil War 38 2 Browse Search
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ut a tremendous struggle. All that can hinder a work of grace confronted the revival in our army. Before the soldiers of Christ addressed themselves in earnest to the work, gambling, profanity, drunkenness, and other kindred vices, prevailed to an alarming extent. The temptation to recklessness is strong among all soldiers. Religion is supposed to be well suited to the pursuits of peaceful life, but not to rough, uncertain army life. We are led by custom, says the celebrated Adam Smith, to annex the character of gaiety, levity, and sprightly freedom, as well as of some degree of dissipation, to the military profession. Yet, if we were to consider what mood or tone of temper would be most suitable to this situation, we should be apt to determine, perhaps, that the most serious and thoughtful turn of mind would best become those whose lives are continually exposed to uncommon danger, and who should, therefore, be more constantly occupied with the thoughts of death and
ine and asked me to pray for them. Another captain seemed much interested on the subject of religion. I tried to explain to him the way to be saved, and in a few days I heard of his fighting bravely at Manassas. I have prayer and exhortation meetings frequently, which are well attended, and often tears flow from eyes unused to weep, while I point them to the Lamb of God. Rev. R. W. Cridlin wrote of his labors at Norfolk and the vicinity: I visited Craney Island last Saturday. Col. Smith, who has charge of the forces there, is a pious man, and has prayers with his men every night. He seemed glad to have me labor among his command, and will doubtless render me any aid I may need. Mr. J. C. Clopton wrote from among the sick and wounded at Charlottesville: This is a most inviting field, as hundreds are here on beds of suffering, and consequently disposed to consider things that make for their peace. The deepest feeling is often manifested; they listen to what I say
nection with other ministers, reported a wonderful revival in that celebrated command: In the latter part of March, he says, Chaplain Taylor, of the 23d Tennessee regiment, commenced a series of meetings at Tullahoma, assisted by Rev. A. W. Smith, of the 25th, and myself, which continued for several weeks, until temporarily interrupted by military movements. These meetings have resulted in much spiritual benefit to professed Christians, while about one hundred and five souls have emAnderson, preacher in charge of Bedford Circuit, but who, in consequence of affliction, was forced to retire in the very incipiency of an encouraging revival. The charge of the meeting devolved on me, and with the efficient aid of Bros. Taylor, Smith. and Stevenson (the latter of whom is a supernumerary member of the Tennessee Conference), it has continued up to the present time, without any abatement of the interest. Each night crowds of penitents throng the altar for prayer, averaging fro
med this office in part. His two aides, Lieutenants Smith and Morrison, arrived at this moment, thng upon the shoulders of Major Leigh and Lieutenant Smith, went slowly out into the highway and tow, as though to endeavor to leave the road; but Smith threw his arm over him, and with friendly forcnly complaint in all the terrible scene. Lieutenant Smith, fearing he would die on the spot, said, are you much hurt? To which he replied, No, Mr. Smith; don't trouble yourself about me. After bea To the narrative, as repeated to him by Lieutenant Smith, Jackson listened with fixed attention. ust like them. They are a noble body of men. Smith said: They have indeed behaved splendidly; butard of any one that is killed? Yes, sir, said Smith; I am very sorry to say they have lost their commander. He exclaimed: Paxton? Paxton? Smith-Yes, sir; he has fallen. He said no more; but turthe Almighty. The General now directed Lieutenant Smith to write a note which he dictated to Gene[4 more...]
slightly wounded, and his nephew, Rev. John P. McFerrin, severely wounded, working with the sufferers. Dr. Cross, chaplain on Gen. Buckner's staff, was on the field and at the hospital. Bros. Mooney and Miller were at Stewart's Division hospital, active and industrious in attending to the wounded and dying. Dr. Petway came in good time to render efficient aid in the double capacity of surgeon and minister. I saw Brothers Burr and Browning on the field; also Brothers Quarles, Harris, A. W. Smith, Fitzgerald, Daniel, and others, looking after their wounded and suffering soldiers. Chaplain Willoughby was with the dying and superintended the burial of the dead of our division. Bro. McVoy came in time to minister to the wants of his men at the hospital, and many others were at the post of duty if not of danger. It was encouraging, he says, to the Christian heart to see the soldier of the Cross die so heroically. Said Mr. Pool, a member of the Methodist Church in Columbus,
he revival fire kindled a few months ago in our camps has burned along the march of our victorious troops. Some who shook hands with me at our last sacramental meeting, two night before the second Wilderness battle, have left the shouts of their conquering comrades to join in celebrating a grander triumph. Others remain with their armor buckled about them more tightly than ever to illustrate, amid the increasing hardships and trials of this struggle, the power of our holy religion. Rev. A. W. Smith, of the 25th Tennessee regiment, wrote from the lines below Richmond: We have in progress one of the best revivals I ever saw. Twenty-four have already professed religion and joined the Church, and fifty and sixty mourners are at the altar at every hour's service, and great interest is manifested by all. Brothers Taylor, Godby, and White, of Lexington, Va, Carter's battery, have labored with with great zeal and effect. Rev. L. R. Redding reported from the lines near Atlanta: A