Andrew Fuller and Confederate Soldiers

During the American Civil War, Baptists in the north and south published thousands of evangelistic tracts to be distributed among the soldiers. Among the many Confederate-produced tracts was one written by Andrew Fuller, “The Great Question Answered,” which is available in volume 3 of the Belcher edition of Fuller’s Works, pp. 540-549.

Fast forward to the present: one of the coolest websites online is the Documenting the American South project at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The purpose of the project is to make an ever-growing library of primary source material related to southern history available on the internet. Much of the material presently available relates to either race or the Civil War, including the Fuller tract. You can read the text of the tract here, and when you’re finished, do yourself a favor and do a search of the word “Baptist” on the project website; you will find all kinds of cool stuff.

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4 responses to “Andrew Fuller and Confederate Soldiers

  1. Paul Brewster

    Dear Nathan,

    That’s interesting. I did not know that this tract was reproduced for confederate evangelism. I’d like to have more information about that as it would be yet another piece of evidence showing Fuller’s influence on Southern Baptists.

    In letter one of his book Strictures on Sandemanianism in Twelve Letters to a Friend (still haven’t figured out the italics thing), Fuller says that he wrote this tract to overturn the Sandemanian views of saving faith espoused by A. McLean. (Fuller, Works, 2:561)

    I’ll have to check, but I think I have a copy of “The Great Question Answered” from the 1840s that was published by the American Tract Society.(I’m not at my office.) I know I have several others by Fuller in a tract series by ATS, and they have the number at the top like the Chapel Hill project link lists.

    Sounds like a research project for some archivist to me.

    Paul

  2. Steve Weaver

    Good information. Thanks for the link!

  3. Nathan Finn

    Paul,

    All of the tracts were ultimately evangelistic, though there was a variety of approaches. Some, like the one noted, were meant to correct faulty understandings of the Christian life. Others were related more to personal morality, though the gospel was pressed upon the soldier at the conclusion of the tract. A really cool project would be someone compiling an edited collection of all the Baptist (or other) Civil War tracts that were produced during that time.

    Sounds like a research project for some pastor-scholar to me. 🙂

    NAF

  4. Michael A G Haykin

    Nathan and Paul:

    Thnaks for the post and then the comments. This is part of the story of Fuller’s influence on American Baptists that we hope to do a conference on down the road. Thanks for the tidbit, a foretaste of other “sweets”!

    Michael.

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