God’s Providence in War
The Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict, with nearly 1,100,000 casualties and more than 620,000 lives. Not only was our Republic torn asunder, families were divided in their loyalties. However, the God of Heaven undertook with great efforts to present the Gospel to the soldiers. “ As a result of the unprecedented movement of army evangelization, revivals in the armies were frequent, and thousands of rugged veterans were baptized in the streams of Virginia and the West . . . After the close of the war, it was estimated that not less than 150,000 men were converted by this timely movement.” Early in the conflict, Rev. I.T. Tichenor became chaplain of Alabama’s seventeenth regiment. He became known by the men as “the fighting parson.” At the battle of Shiloh, his courage carried him suddenly into the ranks, and with his musket in hand, he rushed to the front and urged his soldiers to follow him. Later he wrote to General Thomas Watts: “Camp Watts, Near Corinth, April 15, 1862. My Dear Friend: Enclosed I send you a copy of a petition to the Secretary of War, asking that the two flags, taken in the great battle of Shiloh by our regiment, may be transferred to Governor Shorter, to be placed in the Capitol at Montgomery.” To be sure, the chaplains were heroes.
Dr. Dale R. Hart adapted from: “This Day in Baptist History III” David L. Cummins. pp. 218 – 220