Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1862 November 28 camp near Fairfax Seminary

[from the diary of the Rev. Francis Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey]

28. Fri – Rode to picket with letters, bot. two chickens at “3 levies”
ea. of a colored woman   bot. them in alive tied to Saddle.
Visited hospitals – found one man very sick – talked with
him & prayed – urged him to immediate acceptance of offers
of Christs offers.  About ten – I went in again   he was
just gasping in death – Another young man called, to talk
about his soul.  He hopes he has today found peace, in believing –
an intelligent young Englishman – seems very fearful
but it should prove illusory - & transient – prayed with him –
Oh – that God would revive his work abundantly here.

[transcribed by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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