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Baptists and the American Civil War: January 26, 1865

The United States Christian Commission (USCC) supports Union soldiers by providing supplies, medical assistance (in collaboration with the U.S. Sanitary Commission) and religious literature to troops. The work of the USCC is carried out through Protestant chaplains and social workers, many of whom are Baptists. Today the USCC convenes for its annual meeting in Washington,…

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Baptists and the American Civil War: January 25, 1865

While Confederate President Jefferson Davis quietly moves forward in preparing for secretive peace negotiations with the United States in Washington, Federal troops under Union General William S. Sherman execute a reconnaissance mission from Pocotaligo to the Salkehatchie River, South Carolina. With each passing day, anxiety grows among residents of the state of South Carolina. Confederate…