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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

 Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

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There was at this time a great revival of religion in the army. Myfather became much interested in it, and did what he could to promotein his camps all sacred exercises. Reverend J. W. Jones, in his"Personal Reminiscences of General R. E. Lee," says:

"General Lee's orders and reports always gratefully recognised 'TheLord of Hosts' as the 'Giver of Victory,' and expressed an humbledependence upon and trust in Him.'

All his correspondence shows the same devout feeling.

On August 13, 1863, he issued the following order:

"Headquarters, Army Northern Virginia, August 13, 1863.

"The President of the Confederate States has, in the name of the people,appointed August 21st as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer.A strict observance of the day is enjoined upon the officers andsoldiers of this army. All military duties, except such as areabsolutely necessary, will be suspended. The commanding officers ofbrigades and regiments are requested to cause divine services, suitableto the occasion, to be performed in their respective commands.Soldiers! we have sinned against Almighty God. We have forgotten Hissignal mercies, and have cultivated a revengeful, haughty, and boastfulspirit. We have not remembered that the defenders of a just causeshould be pure in His eyes; that 'our times are in His hands,' and wehave relied too much on our own arms for the achievement of ourindependence. God is our only refuge and our strength. Let us humbleourselves before Him. Let us confess our many sins, and beseech Himto give us a higher courage, a purer patriotism, and more determinedwill; that He will hasten the time when war, with its sorrows andsufferings, shall cease, and that He will give us a name and placeamong the nations of the earth.

"R. Lee, General."

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