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Written by James Hicks   
Monday, 28 January 2013 00:00

No. 83


Soldiers!  to-morrow we must fight.  The enemy is just at hand.  Darkness only defers the stern encounter between proud oppressors and men sworn to die freemen rather than live slaves.  Your country calls to victory or death!  When yonder sun, so lately set in glory, looks forth to-morrow, let not his radiant eye fall on a man unready for the shock.  Prepare—prepare for battle!  Let the first bright beams of morn find our men ready, “aye ready for the fight.”  Let every man see to it, that his gun is in perfect order.  Take an ample supply of ammunition.  Fill your canteens with water; for battle brings on a raging thirst.  Put edge and points to knives and swords—fix bayonets—for ours should be no distant, formal salutation; but such fierce onset, such deadly, closing strife, as finds no ends but victors, crowns and patriot’s graves!  Let not a muscle be relaxed this night in rest, till all is ready for the thrilling order, “Forward!  forward my braves.”  Remember the enemy is nigh.  He watches all our movements,—To guard against surprise, let every man snatch his sleep to-night, leaning on his arms at his post, in the stern array.  Surgeons, be ready to give the best attention to our wounded; for doubt not, many a manly form shall bleed pure patriotism, ere another sunset.


Ah! Soldiers, prepare for the battle.  Prepare for the fight.  Prepare for all its emergencies.  But, oh!  prepare, prepare for all its great issues!  You carry into the conflict a noble form, dear to many a heart.  This you hazard.  You bear thither a life valuable to your



needy country and to loved ones at home.  This you hazard.  But, ah!  You bear into that fatal strife a treasure worth more than these—an inestimable treasure—an immortal soul which hereafter must shine and sing around the throne of God, or burn and shrink forever in hell!  Impenitent soldier, you hazard your soul tomorrow!  What if the first bullet from the enemy should whistle through your heart, where O! where would be that soul? What if mangled by a cannon ball, you expire in the heat of the contested day, beneath trampling steeds, and amid fierce shouts and piercing shrieks and anguished moans, and the flash and roar of artillery—where when all that fearful scene is past, where will be thy soul?  Ah!  thou may’st fall a victor.—in the front ranks of the brave you may die, the smiles of triumph playing on your dying face and gleaming in your closing eyes, and your lips trembling with shouts of victory.  Admiring comrades may mark the spot honored by your patriot blood, and in other days, men, free and independent, may raise the eloquent marble, telling passers-by, “Here fell the brave soldier, all covered with glory”—when, oh, my God!  My God!  your soul may be in hell!

Soldier, there is a preparation of the soul for danger.  To this I would warn and entreat you.  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”  Repentance toward God and faith in Jesus will insure your soul.  Will you not prepare for death, for judgment, for eternity?  Brave defender of our country’s rights, shall every other preparation be made but this?  Delay not this matter until the fierce encounter is begun.  The dread excitements of battle leave little room for penitent tears and prayers of trembling trust in the Saviour.—Now this is your time!  This night—this hour—this moment—fall on thy knees before thy God, and cry, “be merciful to me, a sinner!”  Heed the precious encourage-




ment, “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.”  Then shall pardoning love speak peace to your heart; all will be well.  Then shall you be prepared indeed for battle.  For the arms of the Everlasting be beneath you, and his voice shall support you for the dread strife with the heavenly cheering, “fear thou not; for I am with thee:  be not dismayed for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”   Then no matter though you die unknown, and are cast with the undistinguished slain into the nearest ditch, no matter—no matter—your praying mother and wife, your pious brothers and sisters, who wept when you went to the war, shall meet you “on the other side of Jordan, in the sweet fields of Eden,” where all is eternal peace, and enduring happiness and immortal glory!

Oh!  Soldier!  Soldier! Prepare, prepare for battle.



While the battle of Williamsburg was raging, and one of our Chaplains was standing by his regiment, encouraging the men to do their duty, a soldier passed by him, and taking him by the hand, he said to the Chaplain, his face radiant with the peace of God, “It is a glorious thing to be a Christian.”  The time, the occasion and circumstances under which this remark was made, leave an indelible impression.  There was a man in the midst of bullets, wearing a countenance of perfect peace and happiness.  How it illustrates the mighty power of divine grace, that when grace is most needed,




then it is given.  How it encourages us to hold on to the integrity of our Christian profession.

The remark was made by one who could understand what a glorious thing it was to be a Christian.  The time will come when all of us will have nothing to comfort us but the religion of Christ. Without it we will go to another world, poor miserable cast-aways, having no happiness, no peace forever.  Who can look forward to such a doom without consternation?  But with the religion of Christ as our stay, we can meet with composure all trials and difficulties of life; and when we depart this life, can look up with certainty to the house not made with hands, a mansion prepared for us by Christ, where fullness of blessing will be our portion forevermore.

May we not hope that the experience of this Christian soldier will encourage all our readers to seek first the kingdom of God.  We know the devil has no more powerful temptation, with the young especially, than to delude them with the belief that religion is a thing of gloom, interfering with happiness.But those who have experienced it know better; and the testimony of all those who have made full trial of it is the same as that of our soldier—“it is a glorious thing to be a Christian.”

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Pastor "Kip" Vinson, Editor

Doug Lupo PhotoRev. "Kip" Vinson, Jr., current Pastor of Oak Level Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. SCV member since 2001, joined the Rivers Bridge Camp in Fairfax, SC. Moved to Rocky Mount, in 2005, and joined the Jesse Barnes Camp located in Wilson. Current Commander of Robert Henry Ricks Camp and North Central Brigade. B.A. History at Wofford College and an M.Div. from Gardner-Webb. Eagle Scout and received God and Country Award.

Eric Rudd, Editor

Doug Lupo PhotoI have been a member of the SCV since 2003. My ancestor, Pvt. George Washington Wright served with he 34th NC Troops, Company B, and was a farmer from Caswell County. I have been Chaplain of Col. Charles Fisher Camp #813 since 2009, which has been a unique blessing in my life. I am the 2012 recipient of The Rev. J. William Jones Christian Award and have been graced to serve people through my profession as a Funeral Director.