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Charlottesville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
y all our soldiers with this means of grace, which is so well adapted to our spiritual wants, and can be diffused among us as perhaps no other can so effectually. An efficient colporter, who has been laboring as such many years about Charlottesville, Virginia, writes: I am devoting almost my whole time to the soldiers, and especially to the hospitals, in which there is a large number of sick and wounded here, and about as many at Culpeper Court House. This is one of the best fields for usefneed more assistance—I call for reinforcements, and you must furnish them immediately, if possible. Send us at least two colporters, one for the hospitals and the other for the camps. Rev. J. C. Hiden: Can't you send us a colporter here (Charlottesville). There is a most encouraging state of things at present. I am holding a protracted meeting. Crowds attend the preaching, and some have professed a change of heart, while others are interested. It is an interesting sight to see men, wound
iately submitted to our committee for their consideration and decision, and I have much pleasure in informing you that it was unanimously agreed that your request should be complied with, and that the Scriptures should be sent as directed, to Messrs. Fraser, Trenholm & Co. The only portion of your letter to which the committee demurred was that in which you proposed that interest should be paid upon the debt until it was liquidated. We could not, for a moment, entertain such a proposition. We eat calm. You will, then, understand, my dear sir, that a credit has been granted by our society to the Bible Society of the Confederate States to the amount of £ 3,000, free of interest, and that the books will be forwarded as directed to Messrs. Fraser, Trenholm & Co. The first order, which has already reached us, will be executed with as little delay as possible. It will be gratifying to our committee to receive any account of the work of God within the district which your society embrac
B. T. Lacy (search for this): chapter 5
ollowing clippings from the newspapers of the day: March 17, 1864. Last summer, says a letter in a Southern Baptist paper, a chaplain arrived in Staunton with several large packages of Testaments and tracts, which he was anxious to get to Winchester, but had despaired of doing so as he had to walk, when a party of several soldiers volunteered to lug them the whole distance—ninety-two miles—so anxious were they that their comrades should have the precious messengers of salvation. Rev. B. T. Lacy, in the Central Presbyterian, says: The New Testament is the most popular book, the Scriptures of Divine truth the most acceptable reading, in our army. Rev. W. R. Gaultney writes to the Biblical Recorder, that, during the battle at Fredericksburg, he saw a large number of soldiers reading their Testaments with the deepest interest, while lying in the entrenchments awaiting orders. He witnesses the same every day in camp. We were present not long since, says the Soldier's Visitor
Elders J. H. Campbell (search for this): chapter 5
tly spent a few weeks in the Rappahannock Association, and returned with $850. We would like to appoint a few more such laborers. Rev. J. H. Campbell writes, from Savannah: Last Sunday, at a meeting held at this place, at least three hundred soldiers came forward for prayer. Brother Campbell writes most imploringly for reading matter, and says: The soldiers manifest more anxiety for reading matter of late than ever before. Three of the most useful Baptist ministers in Georgia, Elders J. H. Campbell, S. Landrum and D. G. Daniel, are now acting as tract distributers for us at Savannah. Rev. W. L. Fitcher writes, from Petersburg, Virginia: I have enjoyed many interesting seasons among the soldiers since I've been in your employ. Have always been kindly received by officers and men, and the kind thanks that I have received from them have fully repaid me for all my labors. Rev. John H. Taylor writes, from near Guinea's Depot, Caroline county: A very interesting meeting is in p
John Randolph Tucker (search for this): chapter 5
ce and help of our best men, as the following will show. Hon. John Randolph Tucker has been for years a member of the Presbyterian Church, aor Christ. Messrs. Editors: The following letter from John Randolph Tucker, Esq., Attorney-General of Virginia, will be of service to the cause I have the honor to represent. Mr. Tucker evinces the depth and sincerity of his conviction in this matter by his deeds, as, in addi shall be full of glory. I am, dear sir, yours, very truly, J. R. Tucker. And the following report of a grand mass-meeting held in idents of much interest were narrated. He was followed by John Randolph Tucker, Esq., in a speech of great power and eloquence. Mr. TuckerMr. Tucker thought it augured well for the country that such an immense audience had assembled, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, to considk has the most weighty claims upon all classes of the community. Mr. Tucker closed with an eloquent tribute to President Davis. In all his r
John William Jones (search for this): chapter 5
Bibles. A lady sent me the other day a Bible, owned by her nephew, a noble Christian soldier, who carried it in nine battles, and had it in his pocket when he fell at Sharpsburg. It was to her a precious relic, and yet she was willing to give it up, that its glorious light might illumine the pathway of some other soldier. I have given it to a gallant fellow, who says that he has been trying for twelve months to procure a Bible. Are there not others who will and can aid in this way? J. Wm. Jones, Army Evangelist. I have an old memorandum-book filled with names of soldiers from every State of the Confederacy who had applied to me for Bibles and Testaments, and some of the scenes I witnessed in my work of Bible and tract distribution are as fresh in my memory as if they had occurred on yesterday. I had a pair of large saddle-bags which I used to pack with tracts and religious newspapers, and with Bibles and Testaments when I had them, and besides this I would strap packages
Robert Ryland (search for this): chapter 5
made some statements, giving an account of what had been effected by colportage labors among the soldiers. Rev. Robert Ryland, D. D., colporter for the hospitals of this city gave a deeply interesting narrative of his labors. He had found the his soul. The tracts are very kindly received and read with soul-saving interest by many. The following report of Dr. R. Ryland's labors will be read with interest.—A. E. D. With an interruption of ten days sickness, and a short trip to Lyny one for several weeks. It seems to me that you would be a suitable person to attend to this matter. Yours, etc., R. Ryland. At the late anniversary meeting of one of our district associations Dr. R. Ryland made the following remarks: I Dr. R. Ryland made the following remarks: I have, from almost the beginning of the war, been laboring as colporter in the hospitals of Richmond, and my impression is that the results of this work are infinitely greater and more glorious than many believe. As to myself, every week's observati
A. E. Dickinson (search for this): chapter 5
ne year after these labors were commenced, Mr. Dickinson said, in his annual report: We have re highly esteemed by the soldiers, and Rev. A. E. Dickinson was instructed by the General Associatit greater than at any former period. Rev. A. E. Dickinson, the general superintendent of this boaingly interested in the great salvation! A. E. Dickinson. Mr. Dickinson wisely secured the inhis letter enclosed a handsome donation. A. E. Dickinson. Richmond, June 19, 1862. Dear Sid admission. After singing and prayer, Rev. A. E. Dickinson made some statements, giving an account out on such an inclement evening. Rev. Dr. A. E. Dickinson, of Richmond, now editor of the Religt to secure Southern independence. . . . A. E. Dickinson, General Superintendent. Several yond the tracts as soon as possible. . . . A. E. Dickinson. Lynchburg, Virginia, September. The fields are white unto the harvest. A. E. Dickinson. A few days since a colporter was di[6 more...]
Presbyterian Doctor (search for this): chapter 5
on the green grass to rest their wearied limbs, many took from their pockets copies of God's word, which, with the utmost eagerness and solemnity, they perused. A soldier said of his Testament: I would not take anything in the world for this book. It was given me by a pious lady. In hundreds of instances the reading of tracts has been blessed to the spiritual good of our men. Major-General Jackson is a pious deacon in the Presbyterian Church, and Major Dabney, one of his aids, is a Presbyterian Doctor of Divinity. I wish, instead of two, you had a dozen colporters in my army, said General Jackson; and I am ready to do anything I can to aid you in so good a work. There is reason to hope that in a few weeks fully a dozen colporters will be operating among the soldiers in the valley. General Edward Johnson, though not a professor of religion, encourages colporters to visit his command. On one occasion, when orders had been given that no one was to be permitted to enter the lines,
W. W. Bennett (search for this): chapter 5
Bible Society unlimited credit in the purchase of supplies, and made liberal donations of Bibles and Testaments for our soldiers, as the following statement of Dr. Bennett will show: Finding that for the main supply they must rely on importations from abroad, the Confederate Bible Society directed its corresponding secretarye worthy of all praise, and a whole volume would not suffice to give even a meagre record of the labors of the different societies formed for the purpose. Dr. W. W. Bennett, who was himself Superintendent of the Soldiers' Tract Association, and a most efficient chaplain, has given in his Great Revival so admirable a summary of teracy, and pushed it forward with a zeal and consecrated tact which entitles him to a high place on the record of our army work. The same may be said also of Dr. Bennett and others who had charge of army colportage. Dr. Dickinson, however, kept his work constantly and so prominently before the public, through both the religio
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