Dennis Peterson’s Christ in Camp and Combat features an intense study of a fundamental aspect of a Confederate soldier’s life during the Civil War: their religion. Christianity lay at the core of most soldiers’ identity, and the missionaries and chaplains who serviced each camp formed a much bigger role than most might realize.
Here is a brief synopsis of the book:
Religion has too often been relegated to the far periphery of the history of the War Between the States, eclipsed by the emphases on the battles, tactics, and personalities of the conflict. In reality, religion was the very marrow of who Americans were. Religion, specifically traditional and evangelical Christianity, was the very foundation of Southern society during the antebellum period, and that spiritual emphasis permeated society during the war.
When the war came, ministers and Christian laymen alike were burdened with the spiritual welfare of the generation of warriors who answered their country’s call to defend their homelands and who were fated to give their lives for its honor and preservation.
This book is the story of those Christian heroes, spiritual soldiers in a spiritual conflict amidst the raging winds of earthly warfare.
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