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April 2016 Final Web

April 2016

Religion in Confederate

Religion in Confederate Troops A Dynamic Force in Lincoln’s War Part 1 by: Dr. Dave The Christian religion has incessantly maintained considerable leverage throughout many crucial aspects of American history. While the American states were not founded on Christian ideals, it would be inaccurate to state that it wasn’t a motivating force. Even dating back to the American Revolution, the Christain doctrine has been used to invigorate and give fervor to both the most basic members of society and its leaders that brought about immense changes in America. This sheds light on a point that is often overlooked. The war of northern aggression would be sigificantly impacted by religion, where both union and the confedercy up held their christian identity in the face of their adversary counterpart. To achieve social fulfillment and support their own cause in the war, both sides took the moral high ground and would cling to the belief that the Abrahamic God worked in their own favor. To understand the underlying favor north America had towards religion, one must look at the 2nd grea awakening, an event that transpired during the early 19th century, the time period before the agitation of the “war of southern independence”(1861-1865). The 2 nd great awakening, would be defined by charismatic speakers that spoke fervently on the issues of the modern world. Camp meetings were held where preachers poured out their passions and ideas to the common crowd. In 1844 the Northern churches held a conference that made decisions that caused the break up of northern and southern churches. Southern conventions were formed in the result of these actions. Assurely, this showed that disunion amogest American people would arise due to different interpretations.These differences in religious perception amongest americans allowed disapproval and general distrust to forment in each opposing side. The northern abolishinistic politicians and church leaders tried to push the issue of a slave-free America (even though it really was abolishanist brain washing). In Yankee societies and led other yankees to believe that the split between the North and the South and also lincoln’s war was due to slavery and not the truth of the Yankee government and church of pushing a goverment law(stemmed by jealousy) initiated be of an import tax from southern products shipped into the north which truely caused the split in part of the pushy north against the south. The south used religion as a key motivation of the break-up of north and south. The south was the chosen status of being GOd’s nation and was not only presumed but also put as God’s will on the confederate national identity. In fact, the south was to be a specifically christian nation. The new confederate constitution adopted on 1861 offically declared its christian identity. The confedercy invoked the favor and guidence of almighty God. The early months of the Lincoln’s War saw the assembly of armies that consisted of thousands of young men that had never before been away from home. Army chaplains complained that “seductive” influences of “sin” and “legions of devils” infested the camps. Among the sins were “spiritous liquors”,card playing, gambling, and profanity. Early in the war, one confederate soldier said that if the South is overthrown, the epitaph should be “DIED OF WHISKEY”. Unfortunately for the southern soldiers, Jefferson Davis and his administration put less value on the establishment of army chaplains and evangelistic activities within the army. There was no corresponding effort to assure that every regiment had a chaplain, and those that were appointed received a salary initially of $ 1020 per year, which was soon reduced to $600. Although the salary was increased to $ 960, few confederate army chaplains were ever fully supported by the confederate athorities. The confederate government was more anxious to have and direly needing fighting men rather than preaching men. Southern christian leaders usually via their respective denominational organizations, made earnest efforts to provide the soldiers with Bibles, new testaments, and religious tracts.Souther leaders even picked their nation’s motto as “ Dedvindice” which literally means “God will avenge”. Confederate president Jefferson Davis proclaimed that the time ha come to recongnize our dependence upon God and supplicate His merciful protection. (Which is needed in today’s ways). North Carolina Facts Confederate soldies relied on devine inspiration to uphold themselves.Sometimes a few fellow soldiers would gather in North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the na- prayer, while the rest fought with guns. Several times soldiers met under fire... holdibg prayer hour every day at sunset during the entire campaign. Without a doubt, the confederate soldier acted with bavery on the battlefield from tion. Students at a Wilson County invigoration from religious teachings and other external factors. Events like the timble, Pettigrew, Pickett charge showed school petitioned the North the determination of confederate troops to achieve victory in the name of the confederacy upheld bt God. Even while the Carolina General Assembly for the confederacy deminished in terms of resources, and men, they stuck true to their mainstream christian religion and its values establishment of the sweet potato to justify their causes of fighting Lincoln’s war, which was to expel the northern secularists from southern homeland, defend as the official state vegetable God’s scripture and create a perfect nation defined by Christianity. Continued next month 36 Albemarle Tradewinds April 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. A leader is a dealer in hope. He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. The Chowanoke Indians By Duvonya Chavis Historically, the Chowanoke Indians occupied a vast territory from Black Creek in Virginia to as far south as Edenton, NC. Ralph Lane, who was an English expeditionist, noted in the 1580’s that there were 19 villages that were occupied by the Chowanoke. While these villages were spread throughout their territory, they were generally found along the Chowan River. Their capital village was located north of the Wiccacon River and was located near present day Harrellsville, NC. Lane described it as being a mile long and having a population of about 2100 people. Archaeological studies that were performed in the 1980’s confirmed Lane’s writings to be accurate. It was discovered this capital was a chiefdom village which had existed continuously for 800 years. The Chowanoke Indians were the largest Algonquian speaking tribe in eastern North Carolina. They were granted the first reservation in North Carolina in 1677 along Bennett’s Creek in Gates County. They also attended the first Indian School in North Carolina that was established at Sarum Creek in the early 1700’s. In case some may wonder, Algonquian is a family of languages that were spoken by American Indians who resided along the east coast from Newfoundland Canada to North Carolina and extending westward into Ohio and the Great Plains. Did you know that the first Bible that was printed in America was not printed in the English language? In 1663, the first Bible in America was printed in the Algonquian language..... More to come. Special acknowledgement goes to Dr. David. Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. Victory belongs to the most persevering. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. Duvonya, a Chowanoke Indian descendant, is President of Roanoke-Chowan Native American The best way to keep one’s word Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help American Indians in Northeastern is not to give it. NC and Southeastern VA. She currently sits on the council of the Chowanoke Tribe. In partnership with another Chowanoke descendant, she is currently developing Chowanoke Reservation for tribal descendants to gather and hold cultural events. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds April 2016 37