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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47 It was therefore a nation strongly influenced by Christianity that faced the
secession crisis of late 1860 and early 1861 , following the election of Abraham
Lincoln on a platform calling for no further spread of slavery . In April 1861 the
Worst of all was the prospect that the Democratic Party , which Church
considered disloyal , might win the upcoming election . “ But , ” he concluded , “ I
trust in God to protect the Right & bring us through this trial in honor & safety . " 35
The next month , when he learned that the Republicans had carried key Northern
states in the fall 1864 elections , Connolly exulted , “ Thank God for it ! He is
giving our old flag victories with the ballot as well as with the bullet . " 39 When ...
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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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