How important was the role of religion in the ACW ?
Not very important, although some religious people in New England made abolitionism their holy mission.
Southerners claimed that negroes were afflicted with the curse of Ham, which supposedly justified their submission to whites
very important since many men would soon meet their deaths and their widows would depend on their religious ties for support from the community
I heard something about Jefferson Davis being made aware of the result of some major battle whilst attending a Mass.
>>6625174Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the LordHe is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are storedHe hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift swordHis truth is marching on, His truth is marchingGlory, glory, Hallelujah! Glory, glory, Hallelujah!Glory, glory, Hallelujah! His truth is marching onI have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling campsThey have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and dampsI can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lampsHis day is marching onHallelujah, Hallelujah!In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the seaWith a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and meAs He died to make men holy, let us live to make men freeWhile God is marching onGlory, glory, Hallelujah! Glory, glory, Hallelujah!Glory, glory, Hallelujah! His truth is marching on!His truth is marching on! And on and on and on and on and on
The war actually caused one of the largest religious revivals in American history. Mass baptisms occurred in both armies and many men went on to become preachers or other roles in churches or helped start churches in their own communities and communities out west. There's even a rather fascinating story of the Union Army walking up on Confederates performing baptism on a man and instead of attacking both armies sung hymns.
>>6625174Both sides claimed divine approval obviously, and many men were driven by belief in the divine righteousness of their cause as much as patriotism, but that's true of most wars fought over ideology.
>>6625410what is a grape of wrath
>>6625503Biblical prophecies use agricultural metaphors a lot, and the pattern of seed time and harvest. Wine is often used as a metaphor for God’s wrath, as the grapes are grown for a long time and all suddenly and catastrophically smashed, which is a metaphor for how God’s forbearance will eventually run out, and his righteous anger will be unleashed. Hence, “grapes of wrath.”
>>6625531And also the fact that wine looks a lot like blood doesn’t hurt either.