While God is Marching on: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers
They read the same Bible and prayed to the same God, but they faced each other in battle with rage in their hearts. The Civil War not only pitted brother against brother but also Christian against Christian, with soldiers from North and South alike devoutly believing that God was on their side. Steven E. Woodworth, a Civil War historian, presents the first detailed study of soldiers'' religious beliefs and how they influenced the course of that tragic conflict. He shows how Christian teaching and practice shaped the worldview of soldiers on both sides: how it motivated them for the struggle, how it influenced he way they fought, and how it shaped national life after the war ended. Through the diaries, letters, ad reminiscences of common soldiers, Woodworth illuminates religious belief from the home front to the battlefield, where thoughts of death and the afterlife were always close at hand. Woodworth reveals what these men thought about God and what they believed God thought about the war.
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Illinois , camped near the Mississippi River town of Alton , celebrated the same
day in like manner with a sermon from their chaplain . 22 Similar observances
were held in numerous regiments at various times and occasions — dress
Charles W . Wills , Army Life of an Illinois Soldier ( Carbondale : Southern Illinois
University Press , 1996 ) , 213 . For a similar expression from a soldier , see
Wilbur Fisk , Hard Marching Every Day : The Civil War Letters of Private Wilbur
Lucius W . Barber , Army Memoirs of Lucius W . Barber , Company “ D , ” 15th
Illinois Volunteer Infantry ( Chicago : J . M . W . Jones Stationery and Printing Co .
, 1894 ) , 103 . 44 . Bennett , Narrative of the Great Revival , 416 . 45 . Charles W
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