Edward P. Stone to Family
I am peculiarly happy this evening in getting two good letters from home in one
envelope, one from father and the other from Minnie. If they had been one day
later, I might not have got them for some time, as we have orders to move in the
morning. It is very sad and discour aging to us chaplains that nearly all our
sab- baths are spent in this way. Last Sunday and Sunday before last we were on
and I hardly had an opportunity to look at my Bible.
It wd not do any good I suppose, for me to try to tell you how little there is
to encourage me here in the army. No chap- lain that I have talked with feels
certain at all times that it is of any use for chaplains to be here. Some of
them have been here for a month or two without an opportunity to hold a single
meeting of any kind or do anything else as a minister, but they are compelled
con stantly to listen to such profanity and obscenity from both officers and
men as not one ever hears at home except from drunken men. We can do nothing but pray. Do we have the prayers of the churches at home to help us as we ought?
I did not intend to write a complaining letter, but only to tell you that I am well and that there is but little sickness or suf- fering among the men as yet.
Love to all
P.S. It will not do to print such a letter as this, but you have opportunity to call attention to such things in other ways.