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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Civil War soldiers and their civilian friends and relatives turned their minds
repeatedly . In echo of scriptural promises , one of the themes that turned up most
frequently when the soldiers wrote of heaven was their reflection on all the things
19 Others reflected on additional aspects of life on earth that would no longer
exist in heaven . One example : time . Back home in Wooster , Ohio , recent bride
and still more recent widow Emily Elliot reflected on the lot of her late husband ...
Even more frequently they wrote of heaven as a place of happy meeting . The
living looked forward to meeting those who had gone before . Capt . J . Trooper
Armstrong of the Ninth Arkansas consoled his wife on the death of their young
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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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