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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army 2 0 Browse Search
Maj. Jed. Hotchkiss, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 3, Virginia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 2 0 Browse Search
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J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 1: religious elements in the army. (search)
On the field of Manassas the chaplain of one of his regiments approached him in a dress which he deemed too military for a clergyman. Go back, sir, said he, this is no place for you; take off that sash, retire to the grove and besiege a Throne of Grace! Rev. R. W. Cole writes to The Religious Herald: Caroline County, September 17. Messrs. Editors: It was my privilege to spend some three or four days with the soldiers embracing Colonel Cary's regiment, a short time since, at Marlborough Point. The season was truly gloomy—being rainy—but it seemed not to detract from the energy and cheerfulness of those noble sons who are sacrificing for their country's welfare. To speak of the merit of those officers and men under Colonel Cary's command is not now my design. Suffice it to say, they all appear to be well fitted for their respective positions. It was my privilege to distribute tracts, which were thankfully received; also, to address the soldiers on the all-important conce
se and capture Fortress Monroe. The governor denied him this opportunity, but his ability was recognized by a commission as captain and assignment to command of the Purcell battery, the first company of that arm to leave Richmond. He was stationed with this company on the Potomac near Aquia creek, and from that region he reached the field of First Manassas in time to shell the retreating Federals with his six Parrott guns. He subsequently was in action at Potomac creek, Aquia creek, Marlborough point, Free Stone point land Evans' point during the summer and fall of 1861. March 31, 1862, he was promoted major, and in this rank he served as chief of artillery of A. P. Hill's division. During the Seven Days battles he was sick at Richmond, but after that he was identified with the operations of A. P. Hill's command until the close of the war. During the reduction of Harper's Ferry, in the Maryland campaign, he crossed the Shenandoah with several batteries and secured a position on Lo
fifty miles. But the thunder of cannon and rattle of musketry had then hushed, and night, as if to mourn the loss of the brave who had fallen there, had dropped her sabre curtain, and gathering clouds dropped here and there a tear for the dead who that day had been stricken down while breathing defiance in the very mouth of the enemy's cannon. The work had been done, and well another Spartan band had met another Persian horde and driven them back. and on Tuesday we were ordered back to Marlboro Point, where we now are, awaiting an attempt of the Federal troops to land, when we will again teach them to beware how they touch forbidden fruit. Tell the ladies of Richmond to rest assured they will will not get a chance to shoot Old A bein that city, if he has to make his entry by this route; at any rate, not until the last "soldier boy" here has fallen in the attempt to maintain the pass. To the ladies of Caroline, we return our most sincere thanks for the articles of wearing apparel th