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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61 Likewise , the following year Allen Geer of the Twentieth Illinois noted an
exceptional Sunday simply : “ Spent the Sabbath properly , all business
suspended . ” 62 Another common expectation for Sunday was that it be a day of
Heard a very good sermon preached by our Chaplin , ” James Wren of the Forty -
eighth Pennsylvania noted in his diary one Sunday in June 1862 . 37
Confederate soldier James Iredell Hall wrote that his chaplain was a wonderfully
Daniel Sober of the Sixth Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery noted in his diary on
September 4 , 1864 , “ Was at Prayer meeting and preaching in camp . Attended
service in the roaring rain . " 53 As it had been the previous year , the religious ...
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