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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As the intensity of Northern war feeling increased , and with it the conviction of
the rightness of the Union cause , many soldiers were led to think again and far
more deeply about the reasons for the war , the cause for which they were
I feel that his finished work has saved me . And , chaplain , thank God for giving
me dying grace . He has made my bed feel ' soft as downy pillows are . ' Thank
him for the promised home in glory . I ' ll soon be there there , where there is no ...
The chaplain of the Thirteenth Tennessee came to his aid . He rounded up
several other able - bodied men , and together they carried Fielder to his nephew
' s side . “ Uncle Alfred , ” said Marion , taking his hand , “ I am dying . . . I feel that I
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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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