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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Equally unwilling to concede the possibility that slavery might be wrong , these
Christians instead called for Southern society to repent not of the institution but of
its abuse . They called on the South to reform the practices of slavery .
It also printed Bibles and published a religious newspaper called the Army and
Navy Messenger . 13 Nor was it the only source of such literature , even in the
South . The Methodist Episcopal Church , South , also established its own Soldier
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These might be in addition to a regular preaching service , or the entire time
might be given over to what was called “ an experience meeting . ” Recent
converts might also be called upon to share their Christian experiences before
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Woodworth (history, Texas Christian Univ.; Jefferson Davis and His Generals) has written an extensively researched volume that through diaries, letters, and reminiscences explores the relationship of ... Leer comentario completo
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