This Day in Georgia Civil War History
February 18, 1865
“Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer” Proclaimed
The Richmond Times Dispatch printed a call for “a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving” from Confederate President Jefferson Davis in this “season of public trial and adversity.”
Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving.
–The Congress of the Confederate States have, by a joint resolution, invited me to appoint a day of public fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving to Almighty God.
It is our solemn duty, at all times, and more especially in a season of public trial and adversity, to acknowledge our dependence on His mercy, and to bow in humble submission before His footstool confessing our manifold sins, supplicating His gracious pardon imploring His Divine help, and devoutly rendering thanks for the many and great blessings which He has vouchsafed to us.
Let the hearts of our people turn contritely and trustfully unto God; let us recognize in His chartering hand the correction of a Father, and submissively pray that the trials and sufferings which have so long borne heavily upon us may be turned away by His merciful love; that His sustaining grace be given to our people, and His divine wisdom imparted to our rulers; that the Lord of Hosts will be with our armies, and fight for us against our enemies; and that He will gratuitously take our cause into His own hand and mercifully establish for us a hasting, just and honorable peace and independence.
And let us not forget to render unto His holy name the thanks and praise which are so justly due for His great goodness, and for the many mercies which He has extended to us amid the trials and sufferings of protracted and bloody war.
Now, therefore, I, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, do issue this my proclamation, appointing Friday, the fifth day of March next, as a day of public fasting, humiliation and prayer, (with thanksgiving,) for “invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God,” and I do earnestly invite all soldiers and citizens to observe the same in a spirit of reverence, penitence and prayer.
Given under my hand and the seal of the Confederate States, at Richmond, this twenty-fifth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five.
By the President:
J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of State.