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Soldiers of the Cross

Heroism of the Cross, or Nuns and Priests of the Battlefield

David Power Conyngham


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Bound single-spaced draft produced on a manual typewriter, with some handwritten corrections. We do not know who made this transcription or how long ago it happened. It does not have any great authority, but should prove helpful in reading the manuscript itself.

Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript

Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Contents
Handwritten version of the contents listed below.

  1. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 1

    REV. J.F. TRECY, Chaplain 4th U.S. Cavalry
    His early life -- Adventures among the Indians -- The Garryowen Settlement -- The Knights of the Golden Circle -- Down in Dixie -- His first adventures with Federals and Confederates.

  2. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 2

    REV. J.F. TRECY, Chaplain 4th U.S. Cavalry
    Father Trecy's arrival at General Rosecrans headquarters -- His reception and mission -- General Stanly's conversion -- Father Ireland -- Attending to the ying and wounded -- Stone River -- Mass on the battle field -- The wounded Confederate.

  3. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 3

    REV. J.F. TRECY, Chaplain 4th U.S. Cavalry
    Father Trecy commissioned as Chaplain in the regulars -- The pious penitent -- Enjoying Morgans breakfast -- a large family -- The battle of Cheekamauga -- His services under Sherman and Thomas -- His resignation -- He returns to his old Mission at Huntsville.

  4. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 4

    REV. JOSEPH C. CARRIER, C.S.C., Chaplain 6th Missouri Cavalry
    The order of the Holy Cross -- What it has done -- Sketch of Father Carrier's early life -- He joins Grant's army in front of Vicksburg -- His reception by Generals Grant, Sherman and Ewing -- His visits to the camps and hospitals.

  5. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 5

    REV. JOSEPH C. CARRIER, C.S.C., Chaplain 6th Missouri Cavalry
    Few Catholics and a number of infidels in hospital -- Pious soldiers saving their temporary church from destruction -- On board the Red Rover -- His reception and services there -- Celebrating Mass under fire.

  6. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 6

    REV. JOSEPH C. CARRIER, C.S.C., Chaplain 6th Missouri Cavalry
    Father Carrier visits a Sick priest -- His labors and Services among the soldiers -- Moralizing over a dead soldier -- the explosion of a mine -- A negro's surprise -- A Surgeon brought to his senses -- a fair convert.

  7. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 7

    REV. JOSEPH C. CARRIER, C.S.C., Chaplain 6th Missouri Cavalry
    Father Carrier's diary -- Welcome intelligence -- Surrender of Vicksburg -- His letter to Father Provincial -- Father Carrier and his "birdies" -- A fatiguing march -- The conclusion.

  8. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 8

    REV. R.C. CHRISTY, Chaplain of the 78th Penns. Bal.
    The Chaplains entitled to their share of the glory of victory -- Father Galletzen -- Father Christy's early life and Missionary labors as a priest -- Selected Chaplain of the 78th -- Penn. -- His services to the sick and wounded in and around Louisville -- His voyage in the dugout -- Sufferings at Stone River -- The influence of the Chaplains on Protestant officers and soldiers -- A feeling conversion -- Complimentary notices -- An involuntary bath -- He returns with the regiment and is mustered out of Service.

  9. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 9

    REV. THOMAS SCULLY, Chaplain 9th Mass. Vet. Bal.
    A pen picture of Catholic persecution in Massachusetts -- Grand attitude of the Catholic Church and people of Massachusetts -- Colonel Cass and the 9th Mass. -- Father Scully volunteers to be their chaplain -- Father Scully's birth, education and ordination -- At Arlington Heights -- Governor Andrews' visit -- The Chapel tent.

  10. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 10

    REV. THOMAS SCULLY, Chaplain 9th Mass. Vet. Bal.
    Vespers and Confession in camp -- Burial of Sergent Regan -- Praying under difficulties -- Hearing the confessions of the men under fire -- Services on the Peninsula -- His address to the home Guard -- His capture and escape -- A night in the swamps. A prisoner again -- A brutal officer -- Taken to Richmond -- His release and return to army life -- Amusing incidents -- His failing health -- He leaves the army and returns to Boston.

  11. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 11

    REV. PETER TISSOT, S.J., Chaplain 37th N.Y. Vol.
    The application to Archbishop Hughes for a Chaplain to the 37th -- Father Tissot appointed -- His zeal and the service and obedience to orders -- His narrow escape at Fair Oaks -- His capture -- His duties in camp and services in the field -- Raising a New flag -- Father Tissot prayer and address -- His exertions to raise money to send to Indiana. -- How the soldiers loved and reverenced him.

  12. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 12

    REV. THOMAS WILLETT, S.J., Chaplain 69th N.Y. Vol.
    His reception by the officers and men -- How he cheered the men on board the transport -- Mass at Alexandria, Va. -- Solemnity of the scene -- His raids against gambling, cursing and drinking -- Sending the soldier's money home -- Father Willet in the field -- Preparing the men before battle -- His services under Foster -- A high compliment -- He returns to the 69th. -- His zeal and services -- Leaves the army at the close of the war.

  13. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 13

    REV. C.L. EGAN, O.P.
    His mission to the army -- Prepares men under sentence of death -- He is appointed Chaplain -- His School of logic -- The visits to the Fifth Corps and exhortations to the men to attend to their duty -- Father Egan at the Wilderness -- The North suffered dreadful loss -- The soldier priest at his post -- Mustered out with the regiment.

  14. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 14

    REV. PAUL E. GILLEN
    He joins the army at the commencement of the war -- His services in and around Washington -- His services in the field -- His attention to the sick and wounded -- Mass in camp -- The 42nd Tammany -- Corcoran Legion -- Dr. Dwyer's sketches of Fathers Gillen, Dillon, and Mooney -- Chaplains life in camp -- Heroic endurance and forbearance.

  15. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 15

    REV. INNOCENT A. BERGRATH
    Born in Prussia -- His parents emigrate to America -- His early career -- His desire to go as a chaplain opposed by his bishop -- His mission among the Federal and Confederate Soldiers -- He is cut off from communication with his bishop -- The celebration of Mass in the little church of S.S. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga the morning of the battle -- His services given to Federals and Confederates alike.

  16. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 16

    REV. PETER P. COONEY, C.S.C., Chaplain 35th Indiana
    His birth and early education -- His connection with Notre Dame, Indiana -- The order of the Holy Cross -- He joins the 35th Indiana as Chaplain -- His popularity with the troops -- He saves a man from being shot -- His mission of mercy -- Carrying funds for the soldiers under difficulties -- A perilous trip to Nashville -- Irish wit and humor -- The March -- Its trials dangers and hardships -- Gallant charge of the 35th Indiana -- His conduct in the camp, the hospital and the field.

  17. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 17

    REV. JOHN BRADY, Chaplain 15th Michigan Vol.
    At the request of a deputation from the regiment he becomes their chaplain -- His services in the field night and day -- A war of words -- His services in Vicksburg and Chattanooga -- After the battle of Nashville his regiment proceeds to North Carolina -- His regiment disbanded at the close of the war -- Father Brady's death from disease contracted in the service.

  18. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 18

    REV. WILLIAM CORBY, C.S.C.
    His connections with the Irish Brigade -- A rustic chapel in the field -- The service -- How faithfully the men attended to their spiritual duties -- The priests as the soldiers' banker and amanuensis -- Father Corby at the battle of Fredericksburg -- The wounded Chaplain -- The officers indignation at finding Father Corby in the front of battle -- His failing health -- He resigns and returns to his University in Indiana.

  19. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 19

    REV. HENRY GACHE, S.J., 10th Louisiana
    His services in and around Richmond -- He attends the Federal prisoners -- At the desire of Bishop Odin he joins the army as chaplain of the 10th Louisiana -- He visits the camps on the peninsula -- His forbearance and kindness subdue his enemies -- A grateful penitent -- Father Gache's account of scenes around Richmond -- Interesting incidents end anecdotes -- A soldier anxious to be baptized in the latter's religion -- His account of the treatment of the Federal prisoners in Richmond and Lynchburg.

  20. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 20

    REV. CHARLES P. HENZE
    His mission in Vicksburg -- The account of the siege and of the suffering end hardships accompanying it -- The horrors at Vicksburg surpassing those at Sebastapol -- A shell among the worshipners at Mass -- Heart-rending scenes in the field and hospitals. Sad picture of want and suffering.

  21. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 21

    REV. JAMES SHEERAN, Chaplain 14th Louisiana Vol.
    This regiment joins Ewell's Corps -- His reception -- First appearances in Virginia battles -- Stonewall Jackson -- A night scene on a battlefield -- Jackson's marches -- Sufferings and hardhsips of army life -- Father Hubert -- At Manassas -- The Second battle of Bulls Run -- Scenes and incidents in Frederick City -- How the Fathers of the Society of Jesus and the Sisters acted -- The battle of Antietam and its horrors.

  22. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 22

    REV. JAMES SHEERAN, Chaplain 14th Louisiana Vol.
    Father Sheeran falls back with Lee's army -- His visit to Richniond -- His return to the army -- Gambling in the army -- A surprise -- His services in Winchester -- Enroute to Fredericksburg -- Caught in a snow storm -- The battle of Fredericksburg -- Scenes and sufferings both on the field and hospital -- A generous donation -- A day of fasting and prayer -- Easter days in camp -- The piety of the poor soldiers -- The slaughtering of the Irish Brigade.

  23. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 23

    REV. JAMES SHEERAN, Chaplain 14th Louisiana Vol.
    Father Sheeran's account of Stonewall Jackson's death -- The battle of Chancellorsville -- Jackson's Council adopted -- The attack on Hooker's right -- Jackson wounded -- The terrible sufferings -- His last orders on the field -- "You must hold your ground, General Pensler." -- Jackson's last words -- "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."

  24. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 24

    REV. JAMES SHEERAN, Chaplain 14th Louisiana Vol.
    Father Sheeran celebrates Mass in camp -- March of the army -- He takes charge of the hospitals around Winchester -- Father Smoulders -- The march to Gettysburg -- The battle -- The retreat -- its hardships -- Father Sheeran goes to Mobile -- He besets Braggs army in Tennessee in order to attend to the Catholic soldiers there -- His visit to Savannah and Charleston -- A terrible scene -- Shells on all sides -- He returns to the Army of Virginia.

  25. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 25

    REV. JAMES SHEERAN, Chaplain 14th Louisiana Vol.
    Father Sheeran's missionary labors continued -- An important convert -- An officious officer -- The horrors of a battle field -- A visit to the grave of Stonewall Jackson -- The march to Washington -- General Mulligan's death -- Father Sheeran and Sheridan -- His arrest and imprisonment -- His release -- He leaves the army and returns to Richmond and witnesses its surrender.

  26. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 26

    THE SISTERS IN THE ARMY
    How their services were at first received -- All prejudice now disappeared -- True Charity knows neither creed, station or persons -- The Charity that teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves -- What the sisters hare done and how gratefully their services haue been appreciated.

  27. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 27

    THE SISTERS OF MERCY, CHARLESTON
    Their attendance on the Federal prisoners -- Their best donors -- Their influence on the soldiers -- Anecdotes and incidents in hospital -- Reconciled to death -- The Sisters provided with a general pass -- Letters from Federal officers and soldiers -- Their generous testimony their services and kindness -- Protestants and Catholics alike bear testimony in their behalf -- Their Christian Charity and incessant labors.

  28. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 28

    THE SISTERS OF MOUNT ST. VINCENT, CINCINNATI
    The Soldiers at Camp Denison -- Sister Sophia and her assistants -- With the army of the Cumberlands -- Their services in Virginia -- Their devotion and attention to the Indiana soldiers -- The Sisters fired upon -- Their return to Cincinnati -- They attend the wounded after Shiloh and Pittsburg Landing -- Memorable testimonials of service -- The Sisters not subject to general orders issued to nurses, etc.

  29. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 29

    MOUNT ST. VINCENT, St Joseph's Military Hospital, Central Park Ground
    Resolution of Common Council -- The services of Mother Jerome and the Sisters of Charity accepted -- Our sick and wounded soldiers -- E.M. Staton on the Sisters' services -- The Chaplains of Mount St. Vincent -- Dr. McGlyun's attention -- Death and imposing obsequies of Sister M. Prudentia Bradley -- The benefactors of the establishment -- Thanksgiving Day at the hospital -- Feeling letters to the Sisters -- The fruits of the good Sisters' labor -- Mount St. Vincent of today.

  30. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 30

    THE SISTERS OF MERCY, St. Louis
    Their convent and school -- the hospitals crowded with sick and wounded during the war -- Prisoner and refugees -- One priest baptized over five hundred prisoners -- Liberality of the citizens -- Instructing the soldiers in the principles of religion -- Soldiers asking to be baptized in the Sisters' religion -- Those that supplied the soldiers with books -- Physicians anxious to secure the services of the Sisters -- The soldiers gratitude to the Sisters -- Their humility and obedience -- An interesting patient.

  31. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 31

    THE SISTERS OF MERCY, NEW YORK
    The Sisters of the Houston Street Convent in the hospitals -- Their services in New Berne -- Sufferings of the patients before the arrival of the Sisters -- Strong religious prejudices against them at first -- The Sisters after landing -- Strange surmises as to who and what they were -- Soon changed -- Touching instances of love and confidence -- The grief of the patients and Negroes at the departure of the Sisters.

  32. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 32

    THE SISTERS OF MERCY, CONTINUED
    A Unitarian Minister's tribute to the Sisters -- The life of Christ exemplified -- Writing letters for the soldiers -- What a dying man wanted -- Injustice and religion at variance -- Anecdote of the battle of Gettysburg -- How Paddy buried the Chaplain -- Soldier's faith -- How Mackey lost his leg -- The story of the dead soldier -- A father's gratitude A wife's thanks -- The grief of a loved one for her betrothed.

  33. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 33

    THE SISTERS OF THE HOLY CROSS
    Their response to the call of suffering humanity -- Their devotion, their services and their sacrifices -- Governor Morton of Indiana gratefully accepts the offer of the Sisters' services -- The Sisters under charge of Mother Mary Angela in charge of the hospitals at Paducah -- Their zeal not abated by their hardships and sufferings -- Scenes and sufferings in the hospitals -- The Sisters' trials and triumphs -- How they overcame prejudices by meekness, charity, and good works -- Touching incidents -- Mother Angela at Mound City.

  34. Soldiers of the Cross Manuscript: Chapter 34

    SISTERS OF THE HOLY CROSS, CONTINUED
    Removing from the hospital -- Gratitude to the sisters -- Incidents and scenes -- Fort Charles and the Mound City affair -- The Men in hospital going to kill Colonel Fay -- The Sister's interference -- Colonel Fay vindicated -- Captain Kilty perfectly exonerates Colonel Fay from any blame relative to firing on the men blown up with the Mound City -- Close of the hospital labors of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.