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Brunswick County (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
's tender care for his chaplains, and his concern in whatever affects their usefulness. At the same time he sent Captain Smith, his aidede-camp, to see me, and also Lieutenant Marsden, my wife's cousin, with permission to remain and nurse me if I needed attention. This was during my illness at Mr. Buckner's, 1863. With another apology for want of modesty, I am affectionately yours, A. C. Hopkins. [From Rev. Dr. Theoderick Pryor, Presbyterian Missionary Chaplain to First Corps.] Brunswick county, Virginia, February 26, 1867. (Rev. J. Wm. Jones: Rev. and Dear Brother: I have learned through the religious press your purpose, as suggested in your letter. I heartily commend the enterprise and the objects sought to be promoted by it. And most gladly would I contribute, according to my ability, towards the accomplishment of your purpose. Whilst with the army (a period of about two years), my impressions are most favorable as to the influence and effect of religious truth. It ap
Harper's Ferry (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
erto belonged to the brigade, were largely represented. Captain Hugh A. White, of the Fourth, and others led in prayer at my request, and a most solemn meeting we all enjoyed — for the last time it proved to many. The next evening's sun set upon the corpses of the two noble and generous men, Baylor and White, as they lay not far apart upon that gory field. I would express the hope that their mingled service is continued in heaven. When we left Frederick City for the movement against Harper's Ferry, our regiment being at the head of column, I saw General Jackson and mentioned to him this among other circumstances in Colonel Baylor's last weeks; he seemed greatly delighted, and said: I am glad of it; I hope he died a Christian; he needed only Christianity to make him a model man; he was a fine officer too, as was seen by his keeping up his regiment. While we lay about Bunker Hill in the fall of 1862, a work of grace was begun in the army; but our brigade seemed still unblest. D
Shenandoah county (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
any interesting incidents, of course, occurred in that revival; but only such as every minister meets at such times. But one whose interest culminated after my extreme illness and removal to the hospitable roof of Mr. Buckner (Geo. Washington), some two miles from camp, deserves my notice. A youth of handsome, but pensive face, was seen awaiting every night the ministrations of chaplains. For some nights, however, I did not speak with him. Finally I did, and found him an orphan boy from Shenandoah. Long did he remain in darkness; but nothing daunted. At length he found peace; but after I was removed. And one night, when too sick to read, I received two letters from men in camp; one from him, thanking me for the counsel I had given, and especially for the sermon I had preached the last night I attempted it. It was my privilege to observe the beautiful consistency of little Solomon H——in a trying military career in subsequent days, and I trust he may long add evidence to evidence,
Lexington, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
nstilled into his mind by an uncle) through reading the Gospel of John, and being pointed to Christ's work. From twenty to thirty are daily passing through the hospital, and from twenty to forty constantly there. A Macedonian cry was raised by Captain——, from the Third Alabama Regiment, for preaching. Their place of worship was filled to overflowing, and their Christian Association on Sunday evening was prospering. Brigadier-General William N. Pendleton (Rev. Dr. Pendleton, of Lexington, Virginia) then addressed the body. He said he had come out of his way to meet the chaplains and show his interest in their labors. The ministry was at all times the most blessed of works. How much more now, and here in the army where dangers thicken. Life is uncertain, and therefore there is more solemnity, and a congregation can be gathered at any time. He urged upon the chaplains the power of a holy life, and duty and necessity of cultivation of individual piety—that hidden life of Go<
Marion, Alabama (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
g to soldiers, but all seemed glad to welcome me among them. I was acquainted with a large number of the regiment before the war. The first Sabbath after I got there I preached twice, and from that time until I left them, I had a large attendance upon worship, and as good order in my congregations as I ever had at home. About that time the Rev. Mr. Bell, of Greenville, Alabama, visited the Eighth, which had no chaplain. He and I preached daily for two weeks. He baptized a Mr. Lee, of Marion, Alabama, the first profession that I saw in the army; though there were many men in the brigade who were Christians before they went to the army, and who maintained their religion. The chaplains of the brigade soon returned. We built arbors, and preached regularly to large and attentive congregations—on through the spring this continued—only interrupted by the battle of Chancellorsville. Then came the campaign to Gettysburg. I preached thirteen sermons on that campaign, but not more than ha
Moss Neck (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
eed fully with General Jackson in his regard for the office, though at this time he made no profession of religion. When we reached our destination near Guinea Station, I handed my report for General Jackson to him through Lieutenant Smith, and asked and obtained a furlough. My regimental commander (Colonel Nadenbousch), himself not a professor of religion, told me he should have a chapel built for me on my return. When my furlough expired, I found the brigade in winter-quarters, near Moss Neck, and some steps had been taken towards having a brigade-chapel erected; but the work had come to a pause. As this had been done, I was told, by the military authority, I awaited their completion of it. At length General Paxton, to whom I had not been introduced, sent for me to his quarters, requested me to hasten the chapel's erection, saying he did not feel authorized to detail men on it, but that, if I would obtain volunteers, he would exempt them from military duties, provided they wo
Drewry's Bluff (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
g. Our next colonel was the young yet brave and accomplished gentleman and officer, James Cabell, of Danville. Colonel Cabell was not a member of any Church, but told me a few days before his death that he felt prepared. He was killed near Drewry's Bluff, May Io, 1864, leaving a young bride and many dear ones to mourn their loss. Colonel George Griggs, of Pittsylvania, was our next colonel. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was ever ready to aid me in my meetings, and was not ashamas sitting on a log meditating, he came and sat down by me, and said: Tell me something good. We had some very good Christians in our regiment. One named Bailey, from Portsmouth, assisted me by his prayers. He fell dead at the battle of Drewry's Bluff, and lay on his back with a sweet, happy smile on his face as it looked heavenward. In our brigade there was but one regiment which had no chaplain, and I think there was more open wickedness in that than in all the others combined. On
James Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
uth Carolina; labored much among the troops there, scattered as they were in isolated camps from Charleston to Pocataligo and beyond, a distance of twenty-five or thirty miles. About this time scarcely ever preached a sermon without immediate fruit. Preached to a detached company, said to be very wicked, about eighty in number, about seventy-five present at service. Directly after sermon one of the officers came forward and made an open profession of conversion. About this time visited James Island; commenced a meeting in a deserted Presbyterian meeting-house. Congregation, at first small, gradually grew, and before meeting closed, which lasted one month, soldiers might be seen running an hour before time for service from regiments a mile off in order to obtain seats in the house. About one hundred professed conversion here. The converts belonged mostly to Colquitt's Brigade, which afterward did such good service at Olustee, Florida, and subsequently around Petersburg with Army o
Providence, R. I. (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
master-workman (a self-styled corporal ) did desert the army immediately after his work was done, he left behind a monument which deserves in your book a much more honorable association than with his name. Rev. L. C. Vass visited us just at the completion of our first temple and preached the first sermon in it. He became chaplain of the Twenty-seventh Regiment. His appointment supplied all five regiments of the brigade with the living ministry. We seemed now ready, under a favorable Providence, for hard work. All the army was quiet; General Paxton urged us on; General Jackson, near by, encouraged us by frequent attendance at service; regimental officers upheld our hands. But for awhile all seemed spiritually dead. A number of prisoners were under sentence of death for desertion, although not one from my regiment. I was in daily attendance upon them in the guard-house. As most of our chaplains were absent from camp much of that time, this painful service devolved on me, even
Utica (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
, I am aware that this letter is a very poor and indifferent account of the religious standing of my old brigade. Maybe, however, that you can get something out of it. I baptized about two hundred while I was in the army, two years, but nearly half of them were men of other brigades than my own, and converted under the ministry of other men. The Lord bless you in your good work, Yours fraternally, J. J. D. Renfroe. From Captain M. M. Jones, united States army. city of Utica, New York, January 29, 1867. J. Wm. Jones: Dear Sir: Being a subscriber to the Richmond Religious Herald, I read your card of the 17th instant, and for some reason hardly describable am disposed to write you. I have a notion that a religious history of your Army Northern Virginia will be a highly interesting and useful book. My personal intercourse with the men (a few of them) who composed that army impressed my mind with the fact that religious interests were much better and more general
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