Baptists and the American Civil War: November 16, 1863


Artist Paul Long’s painting “Battle of Campbell Station,” was presented by Doug and Brenda Horne to the town for its Homecoming 1986 celebration and hangs in the Farragut Town Hall.

News of the revivals among Baptists of the South are not confined to Baptist newspapers only. The nightly meetings at two of Richmond’s Baptist congregations merit mention this week in the Richmond Daily Dispatch:

Revival meetings among Baptists are attracting sizable numbers of attendees.

A protracted Meeting is being held every night in the Second Baptist Church, Dr. Seely’s, and large congregations assemble to hear the sermons of the minister. Each night the anxious bench is filled with mourners seeking conversion.

Second Baptist is not alone in enjoying the fruits of revival:

The revival at the Grace Street Baptist Church is increasing in interest. A large number have professed conversion, and some thirty present themselves every night as “inquirers,” among whom are many soldiers connected with the City Battalion and the batteries to the west of the city.

Spiritual revivals, however, have thus far not been enough to reverse Confederate losses on the battlefield, as many had hoped.

Today near Knoxville, Tennessee Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, attempting to strike a blow against regional anti-Confederate sentiment and the Union occupation of Knoxville, is defeated by Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside in the Battle of Campbell Station. The total numbers of casualties are small: 174 for the Confederates, 381 for the Union. The outcome, however, reinforces a months-long pattern of Southern defeats in Tennessee.

Sources: “A Protracted Meeting” and “Religious,” Richmond Daily Dispatch, November 17, 1863 (link) and (link); Battle of Campbell Station (link); image (link)