The purpose for this website is to honor the men who faithfully preached salvation by the grace of God through Christ alone. Any who were not faithful to this calling of preaching salvation by grace alone should not be specially honored for preaching a false gospel. We agree with Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson who asked regarding chaplains, “Does he preach the gospel?” Chaplain B.T. Lacy of the Second Corps explained, “The Gospel hurts no man at any time under any circumstances.” Chaplain William E. Wiatt of the 26th Virginia Regiment noted in his Diary, “Visited hospital and read a portion of Luke 23 to Cooke and talked and prayed with him; poor fellow! I fear he can’t recover; I tried to direct him to Christ; Oh Lord! convert his soul….” This reveals the heart of gospel Chaplains in the CSA.
The sacrifices and service of Confederate Chaplains for Christ have not received the attention that they are rightfully due. The Scripture says, “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due … honour to whom honour,” (Rom. 13:7). Consider what God has to say about this concept. Here are some of the major honorees:
We are to honor the triune God. God is the first and best of beings! Paul wrote to Timothy, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim. 1:17). God promised “them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Sam. 2:30). “He that honourest not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him” (John 5:23). “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). The three persons of the Godhead are to be properly honored.
We are to honor the elderly. “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God, I am the LORD” (Lev. 19:32). Southern people usually are well taught in this respect.
We are to honor our parents. “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Ex. 20:12). Does this mean just our parents or does it include our great or great-great or great-great-great parents? All of them must be honored because we are descended by blood from them. To whom is honor due? Honor is due to our God in three persons, our elderly and our parents of every generation we know about, yea even our Confederate ones. Oh, what they sacrificed for us.
President Jefferson Davis gave what should be a warning to us when he said, “Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southerner apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance.” What of those who minister the gospel of Christ? Chaplain Randolph H. McKim of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry concluded, “A man cannot repent of an act done in the fear of God and under the behest of conscience…. We cannot regret obeying the most solemn and sacred dictates of duty as we saw it.” B.H. Hill of Georgia declared, “Martyrs owe no apologies to tyrants.”
We are to honor those whom God has put in ministerial authority over us. “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you” (Heb. 13:17). Would this include those who ministered the gospel to our Confederate ancestors? Yes, the Confederate Chaplains and that which pertains to them shall receive special notice herein along with the inclusion of others who ministered to the soldiers, such as: missionaries, evangelists and colporteurs. These should be included among those to whom honor is due. Perhaps the reader should consider the words of Abraham Kuyper, “He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God.”