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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He assured his wife that neither his going off to war nor his service in the
especially dangerous role of color - bearer made his death any more probable . “
Our days are numbered , " he wrote , “ and we must fill them . That is an
J . Trooper Armstrong of the Ninth Arkansas consoled his wife on the death of
their young son , noting that the boy and another child of the Armstrongs who had
died several years before " are with each other in a better world . " 25 The Twenty
36 In an October 1863 letter to his wife in which he spoke of his newfound faith in
Christ , Joshua Callaway wrote gratefully about the prayers of many of his
relatives for his salvation . “ I know that the Lord has heard and is answering the ...
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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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