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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Many Southern Christians , led by Presbyterian minister James Henley Thornwell
of South Carolina , asserted that such spiritual problems in society were none of
the church ' s business . Thornwell became the author of what was known as ...
marched out of the church and down the street to the sound of muffled drums . "
Similar scenes were enacted in many Northern communities during the early
months of the war as the departing troops received the formal blessing of
It was a silly idea on Beauregard ' s part , since his army already had as many
cannon as it could profitably use , but the churches did not know that and
responded enthusiastically . The Methodist church in LaGrange , Georgia , and
both the ...
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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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