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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In short , in this study , rank did not matter . This emphasis on the soldiers also
means that I did not go out of my way to find the papers of chaplains or even
particularly religious soldiers . Indeed , I tried to hold down the number of
He went on to explain that although the matter was that simple , it had
momentous results . “ You either ( have ) on the one hand Salvation for your
believing , or Damnation for your unbelief . . . . If you are lost you cannot blame
our Lord .
dier prayed , “ Lord , we have a mighty big fight down here , and a sight of trouble
; and we hope , Lord , that you will take the proper view of the matter , and give us
the victory . " 34 Suggestions , during the early days of the war , that God might ...
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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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