Baptists and the American Civil War: August 19, 1862

Not all Southern Baptist churches are happy with the state of affairs in the Confederacy. A growing propensity for Confederate army units to drill on the Sabbath is particularly offensive to many Baptists of the South, who seemingly have forgotten that only a few years earlier Baptists in America at large, champions of church state separation, believed that the government should not recognize or honor holy days of the week or year.

Today’s Georgia Baptist Christian Index reprints a resolution from the Shiloh Baptist Church of Marion County which declares that the congregation

unanimously resolved to petition our Government to cease as much as possible, under present circumstances, the violation of the Holy Sabbath day.

Many Baptists of the South remain critical of Confederate Army violations of the Sabbath throughout the war.

Sources: “Resolution,” Christian Index, August 19, 1862