Chaplains in Gray
The Confederate Chaplains’ Story
Author Charles Pitts wrote in his preface:
“My subject for the U.D.C. meeting was “Pastors, Priests, and Rabbis of the Confederacy”, and I had three months to prepare the address. But the libraries of several Texas cities yielded little. After extensive research, I realized that the Confederate chaplain needed study and deserved it.”
This book is the compilation of Pitts’ research on a group of men that God used in a crucial time in American history.
Chaplains currently in the military have expressed that they found the book to be extremely helpful background reading in regard to their calling, and increased their appreciation for the chaplain ministry.
Men of Fire and Compassion
In the words of the author, Charles Pitts, speaking about Confederate chaplains; “They were men with a message of fire – those chaplains in gray – and early in the conflict an officer called them ‘the scourge of the army.’ But while condemning sin, they were men of compassion and love. In camp, under fire, in prison and hospital, they shared with the soldiers the gospel of God – they were men of courage and stamina.”
This experience, plus the stories his Confederate veteran grandfather told and his own three years as a chaplain in an armored division in World War II, started Dr. Charles F. Pitts on his story of the Chaplains in Gray.
Pitts’s volume also documents the story of first Black chaplain to white military troops – who was, in fact, in the Confederate army.
- “The Scourge of the Army”
- “Tophet is Ordained of Old”
- Rise Up, O Men of God!
- God, Give Us Men
- Instant in Season, Out of Season
- In Prisons Oft
- “Sick, and Ye Visited Me”
- And Unto the Churches, Write
- In the Day of Battle
- “And as Ye Go, Preach”
Chaplains in Gray was dedicated by author Charles Pitts to the memory of his grandfather, Moses Pitts. Last survivor of the 29th Arkansas Cavalry. And to the Confederate States Army Chaplains who through faithful service to God prepared him spiritually. (Moses Pitts went on to a fruitful life in the service of Christ, including 65 years as a Baptist deacon.)