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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J . Trooper Armstrong of the Ninth Arkansas consoled his wife on the death of
their young son , noting that the boy and another child of the Armstrongs who had
died several years before " are with each other in a better world . " 25 The Twenty
43 " Life is uncertain , " wrote Aurelius Voorhis in his diary , “ in the midst of life we
are in death . How careful then ought we to live so that when Death comes , we
may be ready . " 44 When a sick comrade in the Tenth Massachusetts ...
SS Death would come to all , sooner or later , in battle or in peace and old age at
home . The important thing was to be prepared . Awareness of the uncertainty of
life was not limited to the soldiers themselves , any more than death was ...
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