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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Beautiful thought . I ' ll see him in heaven , " she wrote in her diary several weeks
after his death , “ but Christ will occupy my thoughts there . " 32 There were many
for whom the hope of meeting “ in a better world ” after death was only a vague ...
32 Lying badly wounded on the battlefield of Ball ' s Bluff , young Lt . Oliver
Wendell Holmes , Jr . , of the Twentieth Massachusetts thought that he was
probably dying . Holmes was in a minority among Civil War soldiers , in that he
For some few years , " he explained , “ I have thought the signs of the times
indicate the approach of the great millenial day . The hand of providence has
been overruling & moulding all the affairs of nations to introduce this glorious
event , but ...
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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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