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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One of the more noticeable features of the great wave of revivals during the first
half of the nineteenth century was the camp meeting . The form originated as a
practical means by which isolated settlers in frontier Kentucky could assemble to
10 In towns and cities where large numbers of persons lived near enough to
attend services and still sleep in their own homes at night — or in rural districts
where it seemed inexpedient to mount a major logistical effort to host a camp
In April 1861 , Sgt . Dietrich Smith of the Eighth Illinois wrote to his fiancée back in
Pekin , Illinois , that if she wanted to know what life in camp was like , she should
“ imagine yourself to be at a campmeeting where the ladies are minus where ...
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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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