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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The army was fresh from its overwhelming victory at Fredericksburg , and the
men of Anderson ' s brigade remembered how just one week before they had lain
in line of battle under intermittent artillery and sniper fire . Those present now
... some other matters , he added , “ We drew new clothes [ i . e . , uniforms ) last
week . . . . the boys putting on their new clothes makes it seem more like Sunday .
” 67 This was true even for a man with as little religious interest as Charles ...
About three weeks ago , " explained Elisha Hunt Rhodes in early September , “
three of our men who are Christians attended a religious meeting at one of the
camps in Gen . Wheaton ' s Brigade . ... The next week six of them met for prayer
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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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