When James Robertson wrote the foreword to my book about Stonewall Jackson and his black Sunday school class, he included these words:
"Willams's analyses reveal clearly that nineteenth-century religiosity, which some writers and reviewers conclude was nonsense, was in fact very much alive."
The Museum of the Confederacy's most recent video short delves into this subject as it related to death during the time of the WBTS. Would it be accurate to suggest that death at this period of time was, for lack of better words, "more real?" This being due to the fact that mind-numbing drugs were not as readily available and those dying could express what they saw and felt while passing and while often possessing their full faculties. I would suggest that is so and also reveals why, at least to some extent, 19th century humans possessed more "sincere religiosity."