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Christianity and the Civil War: Did You Know?
Little-known or remarkable facts about Christianity during the American Civil War
Christianity and the Civil War: From the Editor - What PBS Didn't Tell You
The Puzzling Faith of Abraham Lincoln
Where was God in this brutal national war? An unbaptized non-churchgoer came up with a profound answer.
Lincoln's Life - And Key Religious Statements
Headed for Heaven or Hell?
How would Lincoln answer? His political opponent, a famous frontier preacher, wanted to know.
Christianity and the Civil War: A Gallery of Firebrands and Visionaries
Leading people in religion and politics during the Civil War era
Christianity and the Civil War: A Gallery of Other Key Figures
Despised and often attacked, they courageously carried the slaves' cause for thirty years. Why have these inescapably Christian men and women been forgotten?
American Slavery: How Bad Was It?
Selections from the most powerful anti-slavery pamphlet ever written
Why Christians Should Support Slavery
Key reasons advanced by southern church leaders
Broken Churches, Broken Nation
When slavery divided America's churches, what could hold the nation together?
Revivals in the Camp
At first, most Civil War soldiers cared little for religion. But as the bloody war dragged on, hundreds of thousands converted to Christ.
Reports of the Revival
The Confederate camp became "a school of Christ."
Behind Enemy Lines
While carrying tracts to Union troops, one preacher was seized by Confederates as a spy.
Christianity and the Civil War: Christian History Timeline
Christianity and the Civil War: A Gallery of Fighters of Faith
These Christian generals helped wage the Civil War, and their faith affected how they did it.
What About Ulysses S. Grant?
He was the Union's leading general and twice president of the United States. But he was no saint.
Preaching the Holy War
What did Protestant ministers say about the raging national battle?
God Is On Our Side
Selections from sermons during the Civil War era. From God Ordained This War: Sermons on the Sectional Crisis, 1830–1865 edited by David B. Chesebrough (University of South Carolina press, 1991). Used by permission.
The Secret Religion of the Slaves
They often risked floggings to worship God.
Christianity and the Civil War: Recommended Resources
Christian History asked Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson to recommend books that creatively explore Christianity during the Civil War era. Dr. Wilson is professor of history and Southern studies at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He is also author of Baptism in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865–1920 (Georgia, 1980).
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