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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 28, 1864

Reprint from Atlanta Newspaper on Revival

The Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted an item from an Atlanta newspaper on an aspect of a religious revival that had been going on among the army in Dalton, Georgia - even four generals had been baptized.

Impressive ceremony at Dalton. –A most interesting and impressive ceremony took place at the Episcopal Church in Dalton, Ga., on Wednesday last, in the confirmation, by Bishop Elliott, of four Generals of the Army of Tennessee, viz: Lieut. Gen. Hardee, and Gens. Govan, Shupe, and Strahl. The last named General was first received into the church by baptism, and then the rite of confirmation was administered to him with the others. The Atlanta Confederacy, referring to the impressive ceremony, says: An immense concourse, civil and military, witnessed the imposing spectacle, including the Commander in-Chief and nearly every general officer in the army. The Rev. Dr. Quintard and others of the Episcopal clergy officiated. The ceremony of “the laying on of hands” was performed by the eminent Bishop of this Dioceses the Rt. Rev. Bishop Stephen D. Elliott.