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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North Carolina soldier Robert Y . Walker wrote from his camp near Stoney Creek
, Virginia , to console his cousin on the death of her brother , “ I believe he has
gone to live with Jesus . " 33 Mattie Spafford , writing to a friend who had lost a ...
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 unexpectedly and
suddenly worsened and died , Berea Willsey wrote in his diary , “ Surely , in the
midst of ...
Away from the restraints of society , and of home , it is the easiest thing in the
world to drop in with the current , call it the ' soldier style , ' ' live while you do live ,
' and let the end take care of itself . ” 59 In short , evil would never be eradicated ...
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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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