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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army 2 0 Browse Search
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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 2: influence of Christian officers. (search)
y know that all the young men in the college were good Christians, I should have nothing more to desire. General Lee was deeply interested in the Young Men's Christian Association of the college, and seemed highly gratified at its large measure of success. His letter in reply to one making him an honorary member of the association was as follows: My Dear Sir: I have received your letter announcing my election as an honorary member of the Young Men's Christian Association of Washington College—a society in whose prosperity I take the deepest interest and for the welfare of whose members my prayers are daily offered. Please present my grateful thanks to your association for the honor conferred on me and believe me, Very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. E. Lee, Mr. A. N. Gordon, Corresponding Secretary Young Men's Christian Association. Rev. Dr. Brantly, of Baltimore, and Bishop Marvin, of Missouri who stayed at his house during the college commencement of 18
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Unveiling of Valentine's Recumbent figure of Lee at Lexington, Va., June 28th, 1883. (search)
that shed so gracious a light in the after-time on them, their country, and their Alma Mater. And could I pause to speak of those who became valiant leaders of men in battle I could name many a noble soldier whose eye greets mine to-day; and, alas! I should recall the form of many a hero who passed from these halls in the flush of youthful manhood, and has long slept with the unreturning brave; for in 1861, when the calls to arms resounded, The Liberty-Hall Volunteers—the students of Washington College—were among the first (and in a body) to respond; and when the quiet professor of your twin institute was baptized in history as Stonewall Jackson, their blood o'erflowed the christening urn and reddened Manassas' field, and from Manassas to Appomattox, under Joseph E. Johnston, and Thomas J. Jackson, and Robert E. Lee, the boys and the men of Washington College proved that they were worthy of their leaders, worthy of their State and country, and worthy of all good fame. The fate of