Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Conversion of a Soldier (Part One)

Moses Smith was sent by his father Jezeriah to the mill in 1861. The Smith family’s home state of Indiana was at war against the Confederate States of America. Everyone thought the "War of the Rebellion" (or as it is more appropriately called, The War for Southern Independence) would be of short duration, and 17-year-old Moses probably thought the fighting and all its adventures would pass him by if he didn’t join immediately. This errand from his father was an opportunity he couldn’t miss.
He sold the wheat and left the corn. The team was stabled in Mr. Schafer's stables. Moses Smith enlisted in the infantry of the 6th Indiana Regiment, and the army left immediately for the front. On September 20, just a day after enlistment, Moses and his regiment arrived in Louisville, KY. Smith’s Regiment was the first to pass over the Ohio River into Confederate territory.

Although raised by Christian parents, young Moses had not yet accepted Christ as his Savior. I can only imagine the concern this caused Jezeriah and Cynthia Smith. Moses soon found out the grim reality of war, and his first experience in battle came at Shiloh in April of ’62.

The Battle of Stone River took place over seven days in December and January ‘63. Moses saw many people killed and dying but thought little of it. It was during this winter that God began to do a miraculous work in the heart of Moses Smith.

In his own words (grammar and punctuation are original to the document);

“The Doctor of our regiment had an old negro, who stayed at headquarters named Jesse. He was religious & would pray at night when in Camp after roll call, one night at eight O'clock we heard Old Jesse Praying. One of the boys said, "Let us go up and stop that," So he started & some twenty of us followed him to see what he would do. Forming a ring around the old servant, Dun Schubert picked up the Doctor's saddle put it on old Jesse who was still praying, and said he would ride. I have heard thousands of prayers but nothing to me like that one. He continued to pray until Schubert removed the saddle and started for his Quarters, without uttering a word. There and then for the first time I was convicted of sin. I carried those convictions until we went into the battle of Chicamauga September 19 & 20.”


Check back later for Part Two of The Conversion of a Soldier.

4 comments:

Wholesome Works said...

Elizabeth,

That is an interesting and amazing story. I'm looking forward to reading part two.

Zachary

abby said...

That is really neat!!! I also look forward to reading part two.

Ednella said...

I am slightly suprized you are a Confederate sympathizer, but your post wasn't about that, so I'll let it rest. Your story is very interesting. I am looking forward to reading the rest.

Ednella said...

Oh, and thanks for letting me know that I posted twice accidentally. I had a hay-day of a time trying to post that...