Our Trust is in the God of Battles

Our Trust is in the God of Battles

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Robert Franklin Bunting was a Princeton-educated chaplain who served in the Confederate 8th Texas Cavalry, popularly known as Terry's Texas Rangers, which saw combat at Shiloh, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. The manuscript consists primarily of ninety-five letters that Bunting wrote to a variety of Texas newspapers. Designed primarily to describe the unit's movements and actions in detail, the letters also strove to maintain morale as the Confederates' prospects dimmed. Unlike most Civil War soldiers, Bunting wrote with the explicit purpose of publishing his correspondence, seeking to influence congregations of civilians on the home front just as he had done when he lectured them from the pulpit before the Civil War. Bunting's letters cover military actions in great detail, yet they were also like sermons, filled with inspiring rhetoric that turned fallen soldiers into Christian martyrs, Yankees into godless abolitionist hordes, and Southern women into innocent defenders of home and hearth. As such, the public nature of Bunting's writings gives the reader an exceptional opportunity to see how Confederates constructed the ideal of a Southern soldier. Taken as a whole, the letters provide a glimpse into a little-understood aspect of Civil War historiography: the way in which religion influenced the ideology of soldiers and civilians. They also provide a rare first-person perspective on the role of the chaplain in the Confederate Army. Finally, Bunting's letters display an example of successful wartime propaganda: the consistent optimism maintained in the letters doubtless encouraged soldiers in the ill-fated Army of the Tennessee to remain in the ranks for four long years.Ulysses S. Grant a#39;s army camped unaware at Pittsburgh Landing on the Tennessee River, and the army of Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell still a daya#39;s march away, Johnston planned a swift surprise attack to throw Grant into the Tennessee before Buell could come to his assistance. ... a#39;2 The Rangers saw but limited service on the first day A Brilliant Future Is Opening before This March 1862-22 April 1862.

Title:Our Trust is in the God of Battles
Author:Robert Franklin Bunting, Thomas W. Cutrer
Publisher:Univ. of Tennessee Press - 2006


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