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Civil War Soldiers' Spiritual Victories

TRIUMPH AMIDST BLOODSHED gives eyewitness accounts about hundreds of Union soldiers.  An organization, the United States Christian Commission, sprang forth from the Y.M.C.A. to care for soldiers throughout the war and more than 5,000 pastors and Christian laypeople contributed their time.  At the conclusion of the conflict, these “delegates” submitted around 10,000 short stories, of which more than 500 were selected for publication in Incidents of the U.S. Christian Commission (1869).  The present updated version tells the incredible narrative of this largely unknown but extraordinary organization.

TRIUMPH is well-documented in terms of timeframes, battles, participants, and eyewitnesses.  The book’s major contribution is the reference index, which makes the topics highly accessible for the pastors and other communication professionals.  The accounts are equally inspiring for history and military buffs, seekers of truth, workers in Christian ministry, and anyone interested in “high intensity” Christianity.  The editors wish for this book to serve as a fitting contribution to the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the soldiers — many of whom gave “their last full measure of devotion.”

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Craig Claybrook As a freelance writer/editor, Craig Claybrook has had a hand in the publication of a number of books. He is well-known in the Dallas area as a wedding officiant and has served as pastor of a congregation at a retirement home. He water-skied professionally at Sea World and also earned a 4-year Master's Degree in Theology and a Bachelor's in Music Education. He and his wife, Laurie, are the proud parents of sons, John and Jeff.
John Reed John Reed served in the U.S. Army in WWII and later as Chaplain, Lt. Colonel, USAF Reserve. He pastored in Indiana, Ohio, and Texas and taught at Cedarville University and Dallas Seminary. His books with Reg Grant include Telling Stories to Touch the Heart and The Power Sermon. He has also authored 1100 Illustrations from the Writings of D.L. Moody and Moody's Bible Characters Come Alive. John and Erris have parented two daughters and have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.