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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66 In like manner , the chaplain of the 116th Illinois tried his hand at
sharpshooting on the Vicksburg siege lines , taking five careful shots , “ each time
at a head which was incautiously exposed . " 67 Probably the most striking
example of a ...
Lord , help us as a nation to humble ourselves under thy mighty hand . " The date
was July 4 , 1863 . Though Fielder could not yet know it , Lee ' s army was
beginning its forlorn retreat from Gettysburg , and Confederate forces under Lt .
He holds the destiny of our nation , as it were , in the palm of his hand . He it is
that directs the counsel of our leaders , both civil and military , and if we place
implicit confidence in Him and go to work in good earnest , never for a moment
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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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