Military Historian, Bill Potter
One of the greatest spiritual awakenings in history since the Protestant Reformation, occurred in the Southern armies during the American War Between the States. Many thousands of men professed Christ and many thousands of others were renewed in their faith through the faithful preaching of the Word of God by chaplains, missionaries, pastors in and outside the army, and evangelists.
While there is a record of conversions in the Northern armies also, they were simply not on the scale of the broad-based “revival” that swept through the South.
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A Remarkable Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
In two books of the times are recorded the stories and anecdotes of the great awakening, The Great Revival in the Confederate Armies by W.W. Bennett and Christ in the Camp by J. William Jones, both reprinted in modern times by Sprinkle Publications of Harrisonburg, VA. Letters, diaries, and memoirs across the Confederacy told the story of the remarkable outpouring of the Holy Spirit in power among the troops in gray.
In the Army of Tennessee, “Its [the revival] influence transcended the ranks, extending from the commanding general to the lowest private. The cohesiveness of the army cannot be fully understood without considering its . . . religious pilgrimage.” (Larry Daniel in Soldiering in The Army of the Tennessee, p.115) The evidence is overwhelming and the modern historians do not know how to explain it. Overflow crowds of soldiers gathered for worship and the chaplains were overwhelmed with trying to reach them all with the sermons. One of General Bragg’s soldiers recorded that a good preacher would draw a thousand men in his brigade alone. The Texas Rangers held nightly meetings for a month in 1863, and the interest in the Gospel lasted to the end of the war. Generals Bragg, Hood, and even President Jefferson Davis all made professions of faith and were baptized during the war.