That none should be lost : war and gospel in The Christian index, 1860-1865
Drewry, Thomas Lee
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Human tragedy breeds certain questions. Loss and grief expose dark recesses of the human spirit, those fears and feelings often hidden from life’s mundane routines that persist, unsuspecting of pending crisis or mortality. Prompted by questions of life, death, and tragedy, many turn to individual frameworks of belief, often religious in nature and in form, in order to heal, to find answers, and simply to do something. During the Civil War, many Confederates sought religion for the sustenance, direction, and motivation necessary for individual and collective survival. For many Americans on both sides of conflict, religion and war were partners. For Confederates, evangelical Christianity proved influential in the daily practices of individual faith and the formation of a national identity. Historians have not adequately examined this relationship, and such inadequacies inspired this study.