Camp 12th NCT
March 24, 1864
For some time I intended to drop you a line in acknowledging the receipt of a bundle of your paper, which regularly makes visits to my regiment.
It is a very welcome comer, and I take pleasure in distributing it among the soldiers who are always glad to receive it, especially those of your church. For your paper is the only public representation that your church has in the Brigade. The 5th Regiment has an Episcopalian: 12th Methodist: 20th Lutheran: and the 23 has a Baptist Missionary at this time.
Your missionaries have not paid us a visit; we would be glad if they would call by and give us a lift; and truly we are needing it now, as we have the use of a large church and have been holding meetings for a week, night and day. The Chaplains of the Brigade are jointly working together in the “unity of the spirit and in the bonds of peace,” for the salvation of the souls of men, except the Chaplain of the 5th Regiment, who is absent.
There is an interest in the Brigade on the subject of religion; a goodly number have professed conversion and the good work goes on.
We are now having a cold snap of weather, but shall continue our meeting if the Lord blesses us with His Presence still, but there is nothing certain in war. It is wisdom to prepare to stay a lifetime at one place, and be ready to leave it on a minutes notice.
Chap. 12th NCT
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. Letter published in The North Carolina Presbyterian, April 13, 1864.