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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Southern minister working in army camps along the Carolina coast early in the
war reported that “ nearly two - thirds of the regiments that he knew were without
chaplains . " 18 There were various reasons to desire a chaplain with a regiment .
49 Many chaplains served as postal clerks and mail carriers for the regiments , in
addition to their normal duties . The Thirty - ninth Wisconsin was typical . One of
its soldiers wrote , “ The chaplain is the Regimental Post Master , sending the ...
Coles , Robert T . From Huntsville to Appomattox : R . T . Coles ' s History of the
4th Regiment , Alabama Volunteer Infantry , C . S . A . , Army of Northern Virginia .
Edited by Jeffrey D . Stocker . Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press , 1996 .
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