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Answering the Call

The Story of the U. S. Military Chaplaincy from the Revolution through the Civil War

by William E. Dickens, Jr.

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Institution: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Degree: Ph.D., Theology
Year: 1999
Volume: 196 pages
ISBN-10: 1581120494
ISBN-13: 9781581120493


This book argues that the standardization of the American military chaplaincy occurred during the Civil War. It shows that the chaplains of the North and South provided the model on which the modern chaplaincy is based. This model is seen in both the regulations which were established during this war and the actual ministry of the chaplains with the men of their assigned units. To accomplish this task, the book traces the history of the military chaplaincy from the American Revolution through the American Civil War. This analysis relies heavily on official documents and reports as well as personal accounts, letters, and diaries. It also incorporates appropriate secondary source material.