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In Their Own Words

May 01, 1864

Civil War Soldier Proud of Religious Work Among Troops

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, proudly telling her of the religious work he’d been doing among the troops (he would become a minister after the war).

“…I have been distributing religious papers this morning for Brother Haygood. I have distributed about four hundred in our brigade and some in others. … I love to give them out, the boys are so glad to get them and I hope they may do them good. There has twenty or thirty-five joined the church in the last week and the altar is still full of them. Thank God for his goodness and grace. I hope that God may bless the church at home. There is no expectation of a fight as far as I know soon. Oh, that God may bless us and give us peace that we may get them to worship around our family altar. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), p. 255.