Baptists and the American Civil War: May 1, 1863

Today near Chancellorsville, Virginia, Union Gen. Joseph Hooker and his Army of the Potomac, having crossed the┬áthe Rappahannock River four days earlier, begin a major offensive against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. Lee’s much smaller army attacks Hooker’s advance with enough ferocity that the cautious Hooker, overriding the wishes…

Baptists and the American Civil War: December 28, 1862

Among black Baptists of the North and the Union-controlled South, excitement is building for U. S. President Abraham Lincoln‘s forthcoming Emancipation Proclamation. Enslaved blacks in the Confederacy are also quietly anticipating the moment, while yet realizing that legal and official freedom will mean nothing until–and if–the slave-based Confederacy is defeated by the United States. Awaiting…