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Religion In the Confederate Army by James Hugh McNeilly

Religion In the Confederate Army by James Hugh McNeilly
It is remarkable that in the general histories of the great war of 1861-65 between the States, as far as I have seen, there is scarcely a reference, certainly not even a meager account, of one of the most wonderful features of the war—viz., the great revivals of religion that prevailed in the armies of the Confederacy, especially in 1863 and 1864. Yet these profound religious movements did more than anything else to support and encourage the devotion of our people to their cause amid sufferings and sacrifices. And the same religious spirit enabled them to bear with patience their defeat and to set them selves to rebuild from the wastes and ruin of the war.
I have seen two detailed histories of those revivals—one by Rev. J. William Jones, Chaplain General of the U. C. V., entitled "Christ in the Camp"; the other by Rev. Dr. W. W. Bennett, of Richmond, Va., entitled "A Narrative of the Great Revival Which Prevailed in th…

The Old Guard of Richmond, Va.

The Old Guard of Richmond, Va.
This is a very unique organization. Some years ago it was organized to take part in an entertainment to raise funds for a monument to the great cavalry leader, J. E. B. Stuart. The organization has been maintained, and it has cooperated for the benefit of many charitable objects.
Its uniform consists of the clothing worn by its members at the close of the war, and hence no two are uniformed alike. All are members of R. E. Lee Camp No. 1, and, of course, veterans. E. Leslie Spence is captain; John AI. Warren and John T. Hughes, lieutenants; A. G. Evans, first sergeant; D. Smith Redford, quartermaster-sergeant; and George W. Libby (son of the original owner of Libby Prison), adjutant. Capt. Spruce is one of the Past Commanders of R. E. Lee Camp, and Lieut. Warren is its present Commander. The members have fine war records, and nearly all have scars from wounds received in battle. The' picture was taken at the Soldiers' Home near Richmond, and the bui…

The Little Confederate Enters A Military School—War is Declared—Hostilities Begin, and the First Battle is Fought by James Dinkins

by James Dinkins

Chapter I.
In April, 1860, a slender and apparently delicate youth was sent by his parents from Canton, Miss., to Charlotte, N. C., where he was matriculated in the North Carolina Military Institute. He reached there very near his fifteenth birthday. It was the first time in all his life that he had been more than a day's journey from his mother. The trip required several days, which afforded him opportunity for serious thought, and by the time he was entered as a cadet he was suffering the pangs of home-sickness, which only those who have had similar experiences can appreciate, but which can not be described. The second day after reaching the institute, he was notified by an officer (a cadet) to report to Major Hill, president of the institute, for examination and assignment to class. At eleven o'clock he was told to present himself, and proceeded to do so. At the end of a large section room sat a gentleman in uniform, with spectacles resting on the extreme end …

My School Days Reconstruction Experiences in the South by Wade H. Harris

by Wade H. Harris
V General Lane
Hard on the heels of the soldiers returning from the war, came General James H. Lane, commander of the famous Lane's Brigade,—gloriously identified with the history of a hundred Virginia battlefields,—and whose crowning effort was written at Gettysburg. General Lane's command was chiefly of North Carolinians, and with his fortunes broken, but with spirit undaunted, in the humble capacity of schoolmaster he turned to North Carolina as a perspective field of livelihood. He found the outlook discouraging enough.
He secured a vacant building,—a large barnlike structure,—collected a sufficiency of the rude benches of the times, and opened a high school. His army comrades, to a man, sent their sons to the General, and he had the largest school in that part of the State. It lasted but two short terms, however. The poverty of the people caused General Lane to reap his pay principally in promises, though his tuition fees had been placed at the starvation poi…

Life in the Army in the Departments of Virginia, and the Gulf by J. Chandler Gregg

by J. Chandler Gregg
Chapter X. War.
ON November 22d, 1862, our camp “Alleman” was thrown into a state of unusual excitement, by orders received that we must prepare to move on the 23d. Our prayer and experience meetings on that evening were well attended, and deep seriousness seemed to fall upon the hearts of all. The men knew that they were now near the foe, and that a desperate battle was impending. Thoughts of home, and the many friends they had left behind; thoughts of the future, the numerous risks of the battle-field, the probability, nay, the almost certainty, of some of the present company falling all combined to bring a crowd of solemn reflections to every mind. We had a good meeting, and many expressed the hope, through Jesus, if no more permitted on earth to mingle our songs and supplications, that we should have a glorious meeting in the land of everlasting rest. According to previous notice, the morning of the 23d found us early astir. The roll of drums, and the hurried forma…

The Great War, Address of Joseph B. Cumming

The Great War, Address of Joseph B. Cumming
My Comrades:—It is forty-one years since the great war commenced. This day marks the thirty-seventh anniversary of its close. Of the thousands who survived its ravages, by far the greater part have, in the intervening years of peace, joined then comrades, who perished while it was still flag-rant. Those who knew its realities and now preserve its memories; those who did their duty then and now enjoy that consciousness; those who then made sacrifices and now feel a just pride in recalling them—these are a small minority of those who first and last mustered under the Confederate Flag. During the war death untimely on the field and in the hospital, and death, during the long years of peace, in the order of nature and in the fullness of years has reaped the greater part of that mighty host. The remnant is relatively small ,and its disappearance is proceeding with accelerated velocity.
One of that fast diminishing remnant, addressing my comrades an…

"Peace? Peace? there is no peace"!—Jackson called to the front— his last days at Lexington by Mary Anna Jackson

by Mary Anna Jackson
Chapter XVII.
How gloriously the lights turn on Jackson, withdrawing their rays from the demagogues, both North and South, and the ambitious, thoughtless and selfish politicians, who infested  America from 1840 to 1860! This man, who has been called ambitious, calls upon the church and pleads with Christians to unite in invoking divine. intervention, that peace and brotherly love would prevail in the land of our forefathers, and war with its horrors and the never-failing consequences of a civil, internecine and fratricidal conflict, be averted.
He was for peace. We do not know his views concerning the various alleged causes that brought about the final collision, but we would judge that, as he was a man of deep penetration, thoughtful, and advised upon current affairs, particularly so as regard to matters connected in any way with army affairs, that he was thoroughly cognizant of the issues, and certainly he possessed as much personal and patriotic pride as any man in…