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Religion in Confederate

Religion in Confederate Troops A Dynamic Force in Lincoln’s War Part 2 by: Dr. Dave As Austerity fell upon the confederacy, things such as food storages, medicines, and daily staples, the people turned to faith. Revival would soon be spread throughout Dixie, not as much in the plantations and parlors or pews, but in the ranks of the confederate army. The great revival of 1863 would be a homespun harvest. Those chaplains and religious leaders that lived with the soldiers, sent out a constant stream of letters to their home churches and church leaders, begging them to send “our best men- holy men” to assist in the evangelizing and ministering to the troops. Although the South has few facilities for printing its own Bibles, southern Christian leaders put forward supreme efforts to acquire Bibles and tracts for their soldiers. British and even some northern Bible societies responded generously. Although the Davis administration was not as supportive of organized religion as it could have been, many of the confederate military leaders were superb. Of particular note are Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and Leonidas Polk. Lee and Jackson did all within their power to encourage the spreading of the gospel in the army of Northern Virginia. Jackson, himself encouraged the troops tp keep the Sabbath holy and attend worship services. He would usually try to avoid a battle on the Sabbath, or if possible to do so, would try to set aside a subsequent day of rest. Jackson was frequently seen in prayer - both before and during battle. He always acknowledged God as the author of his military victories. Although revivals took place throughout the war, it was during the late fall of 1863 through the spring and summer of 1864 that what was subsequently called the “Great Revival” occurred. Although this event is best documented for Lee’s army of Northen Virgina, it actually took place in both North and South armies and the Virgina and the Tennesse Theatres of the War. According to J. William Jones, confederate Chaplain and author of one of the best documentaries of the Great Revival, virtually every confederate brigade was affected and approximately ten percent of the soldier in the army of Northern Virginia accepted Christ. Night after night troops participated in prayer meetings, worshiped, and listened to ministers proclaim the Good News. Virtually every gathering ended with soldiers coming forward to accept Christ or receive prayer. When a pond or river was nearby, the soldiers would frequently step forward for baptisms- regardless of how cold the weather was. During the Revival, Jones told of how confederate soldiers would form “reading clubs” in which soldiers would pass around a well-worn Bible, sharing the Gospel. Always hungry for scarce testaments and religious tracts, the soldiers would see Jones approaching camp and cry out”yonder comes the Bible and tract man!” and run up to him and beg for Bibles and testaments, “as if the were gold guineas for free distribution”. Jones, would quickly exhaust his supply of reading material, and sadly have to turn away most of the men.” I have never seen more diligent Bible-readers than we had in the Army of Northern Virginia.” Confederate’s army of Tennessee, retreating towards Atlanta, has also experienced the fires of the Great Revival. During their retreat from Dalton, Georgia, Rev. C.W. Miller tells of a confederate brigade called together for worship in a field. They read the Bible aloud, sang a song of praise, and began to pray. While one of the soldiers was praying aloud and his comrades were kneeling in silence, they all heard the distant report fo Yankee artillery and wee soon greeted with the burst of a 32lb shell overhead. More shells shrieked towards them, and shrapnel fell nearby, but the men continued their prayers Now available at: as if there was no danger. Finally, the chaplain pronounced the benediction and everyone calmly sought cover. It is estimated that over 100,00 confederate troops accepted Christ during Lincoln’s War of the Northern Aggression, Circle II Restaurant - Elizabeth City roughly 10 % of the men engaged. There are many accounts of the change that took place in the men, both during the Tony’s Pizza - Elizabeth City war and afterward, as a result of the many revivals and movements of the Hoy Spirit. One chaplain recount the sight of Downtown Cafe and Soda Shop changed hearts at a hospital in Richmond, Virgina, “No sight could be more touching than to stand near the chapel and - Edenton see the wounded and the pale convalescents hobbling and creeping to the place of worship at the sound of the bell.” J.w. Jones traveling through after the war, spied a crippled veteran working in a field, guiding a plow with hs one good Carol’s - Robersonville arm. Recognizing him as a man he had known in the war. He stopped to talk to him and provide some encouragement. coming soon: other locations This particular young man had left college and a promising career when the war broke out,he had been wounded in battle, from Windsor to Durham. and was baptized by Jones during the war. Jones says “To see him thus, then, his hopes blighted, his fortune wrecked, and his body maimed for life, deeply touched my heart.... I shall never forget how the noble fellow, straightening himself up, $10 per copy replied, with a proud smile: “Oh, Brother Jones, that is all right. I thank God that I have one arm left and an opportunity to use it for the support of those I love.” Such is the story of one changed heart. It is typical of many men that lived through our nation’s greatest conflict and met the Lord Jesus Christ along the way. 36 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Return of the Award Winning NC Black Bear Festival Contact: Tom Harrison Email: info@ncbearfest.com PO Box 706 Plymouth, NC 27962 Phone: 252-793-6627 Plymouth, NC - June 3-5, 2016 No matter what age or interests a person has, almost everyone loves bears! It is a little known fact that the biggest black bears on the planet and the highest black bear densities in the world are not found in Canada or Alaska, but in coastal North Carolina! Mild winters, abundant crops and extensive forests and swamps are the reason that 700 lb. black bears are not uncommon. To recognize and celebrate our bears and educate our guests about this important North Carolina native, the historic Inner Banks town of Plymouth is hosting the 2nd annual North Carolina Black Bear Festival on June 3-5, 2016. Everyone who attends is guaranteed to see bears and learn about these magnificent animals through a variety of events, including black bear tours on public and private property, as well as the opportunity to see captive bears. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Start on Red - End on Green Last year’s inaugural NC Black Bear Festival received 4 awards at the NC Festival & Events Association’s Showfest - including the Rising Star Award to the best festival in the State that is 5 years old or less. More than 7,000 people from 12 states and two foreign countries were on hand for the inaugural event. Everyone raved about the festival during and after the event. As a result, the town is now becoming known as Bear Town, NC. Another result of the success of last year’s Bear Fest is a new black bear museum opening in Plymouth, called Bear-Ology. The goal of the museum is to create a permanent year-round black bear education and discovery center. It includes a 30 seat theatre with state-of-the-art Blue Ray Surround Sound and features a 17 minute film written and produced by Tom Harrison. Blake and Emily Scott from Star Track Studios in Washington, (who created the Refuge Series for UNC TV) provided all the filming and editing. The NC Black Bear Festival activities this year will include everything from last year’s successful event plus many new activities. That means there will once again be black bear tours in the wild as well as captive bears for everyone to see. There will be the 5K “Run with the Bears”, the paddling event, beauty pageant, Storytelling: “Close Encounters of the Bear Kind”, Dan the Animal Man, live music and fireworks. Returning children’s events include “Baby “Dress-Like-a-Bear” Contest” contest, free bear painting, make a plaster cast of a bear track, fossil dig for sharks teeth, Fish for Fun, and the National Guard inflatable obstacle course. New events added this year include a classic car show, wooden boat show, more live music, a variety show, magic show, juggling, balloon twisting, “bear-foot” race, a bear cave maze, carnival rides, a 3-story tall inflatable tiger slide, and more. Food & craft venders and many conservation organizations will be attending as well. It will all be happening June 3-5 in Plymouth – “where traffic ends and adventure begins!” facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 37