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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)
young men have written home that they daily read their Bibles, and are seeking preparation for the judgment. Some religious soldiers state that such is the pious influence in their companies, they believe themselves improved instead of injured by the camp. O that this could be said of all! Rev. Dr. Cross writes from the Walker Legion, near Fredericksburg, to the Nashville Christian Advocate: A young man who, being slightly unwell, has spent a few days under the hospitable roof of Rev. Dr. Broaddus in town, returned to camp this morning happily converted to God. When I said to one of the Edgefield boys it was time for all hands to cease swearing and begin praying, he replied: I stopped the former when I enlisted, and am now trying to practise the latter. Another, who had been very profane at home, has never been known to utter an oath since he left Nashville. The Southern Christian Advocate thinks that there is at least one advantage for evangelical effort in the present asp
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 6: hospital work. (search)
to this reading-room to solicit a paper, we may be assured that he will make a good use of it, reading and pondering almost every word. I also spent a Sabbath in Charlottesville and, with Dr. W. F. Broaddus, attended services at the hospital, where a large and attentive congregation listened to a sermon from the text, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Many an eye was moistened as the preacher urged the acceptance of the blessed invitation. Dr. Broaddus is doing a grand work among the sick and wounded at this point. I was astonished to see how many soldiers he was acquainted with, knowing their names, where they came from, etc. The greater part of his time is spent among them. I feel assured that the Church will, as far as possible, release Brother Broaddus from pastoral visits, as he can be so much more useful in the hospitals, It will be gratifying to them to know that their loss in this matter is the gain of those to whom, under Go