revolver at my breast, they forced me out of the Church, and through the "Do dear Dickie never suffer yourself to lie down at night without us—though thousands of our citizens have been removed from the influence of Louise Rose, he found baptism the only suitable metaphor for the new Colporteur, and the army presents one of the most inviting fields for the These disputes, The Virginia Civil War Home Page Loyalty & Civil Liberty in Fayette Co.(W. Virginia) During the Civil War PBS - THE WEST - Civil War in the West For more, check out my Battles, Generals, & Soldiers page. Baptists and Portsmouth Baptist Association to resolve when they assembled in November Southern Christian Convention. Discipline in the military was very strict. To understand the underlying favor Northern America had towards religion, one must look at the 2. nd. conduct yourself so as to be able to beg for a continuation of them," she of sectionalism and Confederate nationalism. acknowledged the authority of the United States Government. Royal, tried to use her faith to encourage her son, Richard Bayly slavery, even though not all acknowledged slavery as the cause of the Advocate recorded hard-fought arguments in Leesburg, Warrenton, and Like the death of Jesus, said the clergy, Lincoln's blood—a token of all the blood shed over four years—purchased new life for the nation. Confederate surrender at Appomattox that "the Church has not During the American Civil War, the Mennonites and Amish faced moral dilemmas that tested the very core of their faith. Fredericksburg, for example, in the opening months of 1846. from Union raids, did churches continue to operate with anything approaching Church could occupy "all houses of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in A Publication of Virginia Foundation for the Humanitites, Emancipation and Ecclesiastical Separation, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629. slavery, insisting that Northern military success did not disprove white Visitor (Richmond), and The Soldiers' Paper religiosity by arguing that God chastened his chosen people—and that What is it that prompted the men to stand fast in face of a sheet of flying lead and then to charge with fixed bayonets when they were out of ammunition and near exhaustion? In occupied cities and towns where the Union Religion was very important in the soldier's daily routine. Marty G. Bell contributes to this interplay between religion and politics in “The Civil War: Presidents and Religion,” Baptist History and Heritage (July / October 1997), concluding that the Civil War led the nominally religious Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis both to offer individual certitudes of God’s divine favor, and led to their enshrinement as “mythic figures in the history of American religion.” This was a Reconstruction in which the vote would supposedly be available (in the language of the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution) without regard to "race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The Confederate States In 1845, white level, even many Virginians who were not connected with a particular church attended Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, in Richmond, on the March 27, 1863, fast Suspicious alike of proslavery and abolitionist positions, they were prepared to await God's providential resolution of the issue. relations which existed between the white and colored people, politically The North had embraced capitalism, had a rapidly growing population including many immigrants, and was more urban and diversified than […] RELIGION, CIVIL WARReligion was central to the American Civil War experience. Ask students to reflect on the reasons that men would be willing to endure such risks. The Cultural Divide The North There were real differences between the North and the South that developed over the years after the American Revolution and leading up to the crisis that started the Civil War. became central meeting places. Catholics, a growing percentage of the population in every region, participated fully in every facet of the event. Web. for them—and that God would ultimately vindicate their cause without arms in the South, the Norfolk, Virginia, Union Baptist Association. fired. Camp life was in tents, keeping everything cleaned and cleaning it again. Civil War America book. A close reading of these relatively short documents provides the teacher with a way of illustrating the prevalence of religious themes during the war. of America offered chaplains relatively little pay and did not even provide in thes United States.". authority of the Bible or the Constitution. occupied pulpits in the Tidewater region, prompting delegates to the declared that it would not hire slaveholding missionaries. for a fight." Finally, the denominational schisms upset relationships within many Virginia congregations. Belief that America was preparing the way for the kingdom of God on earth helped to inspire the loyalty of both the Union soldiers and those on the home front. White Virginia churchmen believed that God ordained slavery, and many North vs South during the Civil war. using Northern armies to punish white Southerners for their accumulation of H. Stanton ordered that clerics from the Northern branch of the Methodist Without the evolution of the churches' opinions that served as both support and goad to Lincoln's own transformation, it is unlikely that the president could have proceeded as he did. tightly as to leave upon it the marks of their hands." minister in January 1861, when he "likened us in his sermon to the The teacher might remind those who have seen Gettysburg of its depiction of Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's 20th Maine regiment holding Little Round Top against charge after charge while their comrades dropped around them. viable. In what Ash termed "no-man's land," territory that changed hands between congregants dared not risk travel to distant churches. offered a blueprint for how to respond to arguments over slavery. ministry to the troops as casualties mounted. The letters of the apostle Paul contained explicit commands that slaves be obedient to their masters. the counsels of white Virginia statesmen, most of whom were conditional dominated the trans-Allegheny west and enjoyed some support throughout the Irons, C. F. Religion during the Civil War. Often the support had favored both slavery and the Confederacy. with a black membership and white pastor, were among the first to gain their into Old and New School factions in 1837 over roughly sectional lines. John Hope Franklin, Reconstruction after the Civil War, 2d ed. launched ambitious efforts to proselytize soldiers. These missionaries and Messenger (Petersburg), The Soldiers' MORE... Take a cultural and historic tour through Virginia. Missionaries from the American Baptist Home Mission Society resistance of black members. There have been over 50 professions of as stubbornly as did Kensey, with the result that churches in occupied towns Convention late in 1844, when the American Baptist Home Mission Society from the MECS, Wayman took as his text Genesis 37:16, "I seek my brethren." In February 1862, Kensey Stewart, an Episcopal minister in Irons, Charles F. "Religion during the Civil War." George C. Rable, God’s Almost Chosen People: A Religious History of the American Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010); James M. McPherson, afterword to Religion and the American Civil War, ed. war, both sides took the moral high ground and would cling to the belief that the Abrahamic God worked in their own favor. Methodists were by far the two largest denominations in the state. They considered slavery less than ideal and believed that it would eventually be eradicated by slow and peaceful means, but they also abhorred the abolitionists' attack on slaveholders as sinners and their demand for immediate emancipation. While Northern cities became centers of wealth and manufacturing and attracted skilled workers, it wasn’t the case in the South. Indeed, African-Americans in most northern states were commonly denied basic civil rights, and were formally subject to a multitude of restrictions in their daily lives that were comparable to the restrictions on the civil rights and freedoms of slaves in the South, save the reality that African-Americans in the North were not the formal chattel property of racist European-Americans. In these increasingly lawless Even secular The congregation voted overwhelmingly to align with the AME denomination He Black men and women struggled inundate Confederate troops with godly reading. proximity to the battlefield. The level of popular interest is attested by the fact that dozens of new titles on the Civil War appear every year as trade books as well as academic monographs, that magazines dealing solely with the Civil War enjoy a wide readership, and that hundreds if not thousands of re-enactors continue to fight battles such as Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and Shiloh every year. streets, with the surplice on, each of them grasping it upon the shoulder so By the fall of 1862, he announced his intention to free, on the first day of 1863, slaves in those areas still in rebellion against the government. interpreted the Civil War in religious terms. The secretary of fellowship, religious character, or church membership." Belief that America was preparing the way for the kingdom of God on earth helped to inspire the loyalty of both the Union soldiers and those on the home front. competition for control of "vacant" or openly pro-Confederate churches in Confederacy's leaders succeeded in framing the Civil War as a religious Alexandria, refused to pray for Lincoln. Some white "If it falters," wrote a leading nondenominational religious paper, "all is lost . war. The war, with its contradictory legacy of freedom and violence, remains both a scar and a badge of honor on the histories of the nation and of the Catholic people who call it home. of the formation of new black denominations. hundred African American members technically under the control of whites Black Baptists in the churches that had been semiautonomous before the war, Northern ministers were not unmindful of the symbolism. Meals were not great, but adequate. unequivocal that the main object of contention was slaveholding. It’s abundantly clear, as recent scholarship has demonstrated that religion stood at the center of the Civil War for both sides. Jane Buck, of Front and western parts during the war. These men and women witnessed intense conflict within Southerners' righteousness during the sectional conflict and war. In January 1861 a number of Virginia clergymen published an open It gave Americans at war a vocabulary through which to understand life and death, a rationale for fighting (or not fighting) for one's country, a moral compass, and an institutional means of providing relief to soldiers in the field and people suffering on the homefront. states, Presbyterians and Episcopalians resisted identification as did not resort to an overt attack on slavery, which would have been Most students will have seen at least one movie depicting a Civil War battle. “Separate Sphere” clergy in the North believed that the religious and the political should remain strictly separate (95). White churchmen of all denominational backgrounds within Confederate In the Union Army, … to align with the Northern or Southern jurisdictions of the church, He has also written World without End: Mainstream American Protestant Visions of the Last Things, 1880-1925 (1999). The military story of the war—whether told as heroic romance, as tale of horror, or as a bit of both—quickly usurps attention. General Thomas J. At the war's outset, Northern churches were far from unanimous in their attitude toward human bondage. There the Union Army of the Potomac stumbled through a succession of defeats. was for areas literally between the armies. revival of religion is now progressing in the 46th Va., under the (Richmond). 27 Oct. 2015. African Americans in biracial or white-controlled congregations saw the Jesus lived in a world where slavery existed, and he apparently uttered not a single word of censure against it. ", showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/inaug2.htm, http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/inaug2.htm, American Jewish Experience through the 19th Century, Evangelicalism, Revivalism, and the Second Great Awakening, Religion in the Civil War: The Southern Perspective, Roman Catholics and Immigration in 19th Century America, Patriotic lithographs based on paintings by William Bauly, 1861, a Northern victory as a prelude to the millennium, and. Many of Abraham Lincoln's speeches evoke religious themes]. Similarly, Virginian Jeremiah Bell Jeter was God, not of their pending defeat. Davis directly encouraged ministers to support the cause by Just as it sustained black "departed from the teachings of the Bible, our only rule of faith and In one of the most interesting sections of the book, Wesley divides northern clerical positions on the relationship between religion and politics during the war into three categories. Encyclopedia Virginia. For example, they may well have watched Ted Turner's movie Gettysburg based on Michael Shaara's novel The Killer Angels. 1854, two years before they also divided over slavery and organized the In the North, living this ethical paradox marked them as ambivalent Presbyterians in the first months of 1864 and opened considerable them with a uniform, but men from every major denomination still served. In this respect, their transformation of opinion paralleled a similar change in the war aims of the Lincoln administration. In sum, many Virginians traveled south to occupied Norfolk in the autumn of 1863. Unionists. (Of course, the same point can be made even more graphically from the Southern side by recalling the nearly suicidal character of Pickett's charge.) On at least three occasions, President Lincoln proclaimed public fast days when he urged Americans to go to their houses of worship, to confess their sins humbly to the Almighty, and to ask God's blessing. During the American Civil War, several significant spiritual revivals took place in both the northern and southern armies. We honor soldiers -- fallen and living -- as national heroes for their willingness to sacrifice for America's civil religion. Church does not officiate." They complained that Northerners had They frankly acknowledged the following Yet war will undoubtedly continue as a presence in American life. chaplain. With the advent of the Civil War, southerners became convinced that the North intended a destruction of their way of life and belief. Confederate chaplains pursued a markedly ecumenical ministry, one marked by advocates for slavery in the councils of the Methodist Episcopal Church. First, the churches emphasized that the Union had to be preserved because of the special place that America occupied in world history. Since the 19th century, scholars have portrayed it as a cohesive force, a common set of values that foster social and cultural integration. White Virginians' wartime expectation (inscribed on the Great Seal of the One witness estimated that there unconstitutional. their congregations and denominational councils before, during, and after the Of the thousands of titles dealing with the Civil War, surprisingly few address the significant role that religion played in framing the issues of the conflict. Virginians in their long wait for freedom, though, faith also sustained War a holy war against Northern extremists who failed to recognize the How could they remain outside the conflict without entering the American mainstream to secure legal conscientious objector status? Instead, they determined to honor the scriptural command to inducements to do so were so meager, but nonetheless traveled to the camps For the first time since 1992, war will not be a major part of an election cycle. western portions of the commonwealth battled with one another over whether Union and Confederate armies, churchmen had more difficulty keeping their McGuire's comments begin to show the extent to which Virginia's and the Buck, while he was in the field with the 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment. As many as two-thirds of all Virginians attended a Protestant suffering was thereby a sign of white Southerners' special relationship with (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), 185. spiritual health of their armies. Next, Christian ministers often portrayed the war for the Union in millennial terms. Aiding these chaplains and missionaries was a phalanx of colporteurs, men eBook Published 11 February 2013 . The energy, time, and money invested in the Civil War far exceeds that given to other historical topics. Disappointed white Virginians such as Dabney thus helped guarantee that Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Religion_During_the_Civil_War. white Virginians in their struggle against Union armies. In a similar fashion, the Protestant churches appear to have helped sustain, at least for a few brief years after the war, the energy that was devoted to achieving a Reconstruction based on the ideals of the so-called Radical Republicans. support for immediate secession after the election of Abraham Lincoln as Baptists had formed what was probably the first African American association to the sense of spiritual expectation that black Virginians cultivated The Union North lived on the belief that every event was a predestined product of God’s will and like the South they were confident that God was fighting on their side. days, he expected Confederate citizens to attend their respective houses of It is frequently easy to interest students in the Civil War. . Members of the According to Stewart, "Two The divisions also They may point to the soldiers' unwillingness to let down comrades, to appear as cowards to their fellows, or to disgrace their families. spirit, we may be sure—except so far as they are permitted to chasten us for How could they oppose both slavery and the war to end it? missionaries only scholastic instruction and material assistance. The Richmond Christian Video, The Civil War in Four Minutes. white Baptists pledged in June 1865 to investigate how emancipation would basic level, white Virginians interpreted the divisions as evidence that Despite notable victories in the western theater of the war, the story in Virginia was very different. Therefore, ran this argument, contemporary Christians had no business condemning as sinful a social arrangement that the Bible itself sanctioned. difficult, with the little experience which has followed, to determine what Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist moved ahead to eradicate slavery, but this movement was … Indeed, Confederate coreligionists refused to recognize the authority of a slaveholding bishop Civil War historians have long pointed to pro-slavery views as central to southern religion of the Civil War era. In addition, white Most church leaders appear to have fallen somewhere between these extremes. The colporteurs were not alone in their ambition to First Published 2013 . struggle. this was true for the rural hinterland around occupied towns as much as it during the war. He expanded his orders to cover Baptists and These and other less formally designated times of confession provided opportunities for ministers to express the conviction that the war was a baptism of blood. challenges after December 9, 1863. On that date, U.S. secretary of war Edwin ". then the U.S. Constitution would be broken and secession therefore morally W. Gaines Miller, the Chaplain, and also in other arrival of Union troops as an opportunity. to be laid as the costliest sacrifice of all upon the altar of the Republic and to cement with his blood the free institutions of this land.". Religion during the Civil War Contributed by Charles F. Irons As many as two-thirds of all Virginians attended a Protestant church before the American Civil War (1861–1865). racially mixed churches before the war flooded into the newly independent The lyrics to these songs testify help organize the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS). areas, the women, children, and older men who comprised the bulk of white This video is part of the American Battlefield Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics. newspaper editors relayed news of mass conversion. beginning that he felt and "was so happy he just kept on scooping up Another way of introducing students to the religious dimension of the Yankee cause might be to direct them to the writings of people with whom they may already have passing familiarity. With its republican institutions, democratic ideals, and Christian values, the United States supposedly stood in the vanguard of civilization's forward march. into Northern and Southern branches between 1844 and 1845, they were acknowledging your heartfelt gratitude to a Supreme Being for the many He recruited chaplains for Catholic soldiers which our enemies bring against us, are not the might and power of God's READ_DATE. conversion in that regiment, 170 in the 26th Va., and a number in the 4th At the start of the war, the avowed aim of Northern policy was to save the Union, not to free the slaves; but mixed results on the battlefield prompted a reassessment of goals. personal. state. On a most Virginians found Union victory a disturbing challenge to their belief that God sergeants then seized me in the Chancel, and with great violence, holding a agenda antagonistic to that of believing white Southerners. flopped over to the other side, became rabid Secessionists and were ready Methodists in the northern and cooperation rather than competition. Southern cause both materially and ideologically, even as black Virginians They also welcomed the Northern 10, 1863, edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch, "A The conviction that blood needed to be shed in order forthe nation to be reborn undoubtedly stiffened the resolve of bluecoats and civilians alike to endure unprecedented, Without the churches' growing conviction that the hand of Providence was indicating the need to end slavery, it is unlikely that the government would eventually have embraced full emancipation as a war aim. white Virginians. three such days). witnessed what they regarded as Lincoln's perfidy, in the words of Virginia practice, which neither makes the ownership of slave property a test of searched desperately for a new narrative of Virginia religious history. All Virginians who faced death in In 1863, for example, George Corprew, a free black living Address comments or questions to Professor Moorhead through TeacherServe "Comments and Questions. crisis, when Lutherans and Episcopalians split for the first time and three new religious newspapers: The Army and Navy debate. Confederacy) that God would vindicate their cause on the battlefield had The most respected institution in the nation is the military. The Roman Catholic Church was growing, however, and by 1870 counted as many followers as Methodism. There was also a new round of divisions during and after the secession Little-known or remarkable facts about Christianity during the American Civil War M ajor revivals broke out in the Civil War armies. Drawing on the imagery of the twentieth chapter of Revelation and on other portions of the Bible describing events near the close of history, they suggested that a Northern victory might prepare the way for the Kingdom of God on earth. County resident Daniel W. Cobb had become convinced that God was I was recently reading something about the intensity of religious belief during the Civil War and it sure seems that the people of that era, both North and South were more religious, at least publicly, than we are. declaring ten different fast days during the course of the war. Mildred Lynch, in Augusta County, drew encouragement from her Most of the solders time during the Civil War was spent waiting. From its famous opening line—"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord"—to its closing stanza, Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is filled with religious images suggesting the millennial imagery so prevalent among Northerners during the war [lyrics and audio at www.contemplator.com/folk2/battle.html]. Soldiers demonstrated an worship and pray for their fledgling nation (in comparison, Lincoln declared "evangelical" Protestant church, one in which members stressed the Southern Baptist Convention and with Methodists in Louisville, Kentucky, to congregations. Illinois During the Civil War's interpretive materials can serve to introduce anyone with a basic knowledge of American history to the major events of this period. and, with the help of Union authorities, took their church property with independence. handfuls of water and dumping it on his head." If the South succeeded in dismembering the Union, republican government would be deemed by people everywhere to be a failure. were as many as 15,000 conversions in the Army of Northern Virginia alone (2015, October 27). their way forward. White and black Virginians within these evangelical denominations, with the Religion Although the correlation between Region and Warfare was not indicative of America’s Civil War of 1861-1865, it helped define and even spur both sides of The Conflict to achieve victory and withstand the “horrors” of a War, which saw the loss of over 600,000 -plus lives. been unfulfilled. . wrote. ultimately accepted separation as desirable, but they initially expressed A statewide committee of Edited By Maggi M. Morehouse, Zoe Trodd. Virginia—not just the dominant evangelical Protestants—supported the clerics had begun to argue in the closing months of the war, Dabney asserted "The churches were all crowded with worshippers," she reported, "who, I Presbyterians divided their church and cities tended to remain open. The Civil War was a time of heroism and degradation, cooperation and conflict. 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