William Woodhull Bennett, D.D.
Chaplain, Confederate States of America
William Woodhull Bennett
Birth: May 1839, USA
His wife was Virginia Jefferson Tripplett. We believe she is buried with him. She was born in March 1874 and died on August 18, 1929. They were the parents of: Elizabeth Woodhull Armstrong, Gartrude Virginia Lugenbeel, Margaret Sartwell and Dorothy Marie Robertson. Virginia Jefferson (Tripplett) Bennett was the sister of Bessie Mae (Tripplett) Burleson, who is also buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arlington National Cemetery
Courtesy of Paula Lucy Delosh: December 2006:
NARRATIVE OF THE GREAT REVIVAL
WHICH PREVAILED IN THE SOUTHERN ARMIES
DURING THE LATE CIVIL WAR BETWEEN THE STATES OF
THE FEDERAL UNION.
WILLIAM W. BENNETT, D.D.
Superintendent Of "The Soldiers' Tract Association," And Chaplain In The Confederate Army.
Bennet wrote: "In the army of General Lee,
while it lay on the upper Rappahannock, the revival flame swept through
every corps, division, brigade, and regiment. [One chaplain explained]:
'The whole army is a vast field, ready and ripe to the harvestů. The susceptibility
of the soldiery to the gospel is wonderful, and, doubtful as the remark
may appear, the military camp is most favorable to the work of revival.
The soldiers, with the simplicity of little children, listen to and embrace
the truth. Already over two thousand have professed conversion, and two
thousand more are penitentů. Oh, it is affecting to see the soldiers crowd
and press about the preacher for what of tracts, etc., he has to distribute,
and it is sad to see hundreds retiring without being supplied!'
THE GREAT REVIVAL in the SOUTHERN ARMIES, W. W. Bennett. Books on religious awakenings often mistake psychological manipulation and emotional excess for real gospel preaching and true repentance and faith. Such is not the case in this wonderful account of the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of many thousands of Confederate soldiers. Chaplain Bennett, himself one of the faithful preachers, documents many personal accounts of the gracious saving power of God throughout the Southern armies. This book truly shows that God providentially uses difficult and even deadly circumstances to extend his kingdom through the faithfulness of gospel witness.
Posted: 3 November 2001 Updated: 27 May 2003 Updated: 26 November 2005 Updated: 30 December 2006