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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33 Unless a civilian church building happened to be nearby , an army camp
generally offered no structure large enough to accommodate corporate worship ,
which therefore had to be held outdoors . Cold , rain , or other inclement weather
10 A worship area , even a rough , outdoor one , could hardly be mistaken for
anything else . Despite the fact that the Southerners were experiencing a lively
spiritual awakening in their own camps , they were contemptuous enough of the ...
16 Some Northern soldiers especially noticed the warmth and sincerity of the
slaves ' worship . A Massachusetts chaplain who was inclined to be disdainful of
the unlearned sermons of black preachers nonetheless had to admit that they
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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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