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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Central to all this was the idea that a Christian ought to order his life diligently so
as to bring the most possible service and glory to God . This idea was set forth in
an August 1863 sermon by the chaplain of the Sixth Vermont . As Wilbur Fisk ...
Illinois , camped near the Mississippi River town of Alton , celebrated the same
day in like manner with a sermon from their chaplain . 22 Similar observances
were held in numerous regiments at various times and occasions — dress
I attended meeting & herd a fine sermon . ” On another Sunday that month , he
listened to the sermon but could not actually be part of the meeting because he
was on watch . “ While I am standing here on my post , looking out for the enemy
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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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