29 July 2008

The Impact of Civil War Chaplains

The Impact of Chaplain Ministry during the Civil War:

• 150,000 Confederate soldiers rededicated or were baptized during the war.

• Eighty percent of college students in the South after the war found their religious faith while in the Confederate Army.

• Thirteen former Confederate chaplains consecrated as bishops by 1892.

• Twelve former Confederate chaplains became presidents of major colleges.

• By 1890 church membership and the value of church property were double that of 1860. New growth included 10,000 new Baptist churches in Texas.

• Former Union Army chaplains also helped with the rebuilding of the South.

• Bishop Atticus Haygood emphasized the rise of “The New South.” But the Southern Churches conserved traditions. No major Protestant denomination except for the Protestant Episcopal Church reunited in the 19th century.

*And a bit of news: The National Civil War Chaplains Museum has received its 501(c)3 status. Your donations are most welcome. Some additional exciting announcements and news will be coming soon.

2 comments:

Gil Gibson said...

Mr Williams-

I have looked at the National Civil War Chaplains Museum website several times. I have a busy travel schedule for the remainder of the summer but hope to get to Lynchburg in the Fall. I am a product of Candler at Emory so Atticus Haygood is a familiar name. One of my friends from college, now an Army chaplain, is g-g-g-grandson of Charles Quintard. No doubt that chaplains' minstry in the Confederate army, and the great revivals, provided the backbone of endurance and triumph of the Southern States.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Gil:

Thanks for writing. We have a daguerreotype of Quintard. Please do stop by some time. Hours of operation are sporadic at the moment, but someone is usually there during regular business hours.

Best,
RGW