The Soldier’s Bible that Saved a Life

Did you know that some of the most valuable Bibles printed in the nineteenth century are the Soldier’s Bibles from the Civil War—especially Confederate editions? The first “Confederate” Soldier’s Bible was the New Testament in the King James Version.

Because they could be intercepted as contraband, any distribution of Bibles to Confederate soldiers was eminently dangerous. For Private Richard R. Best of the North Carolina Infantry, the Bible literally saved his life! In the Battle of Antietam, at Sharpsburg, Maryland in 1862, Private Best’s Bible was in his pocket. It stopped a bullet to his chest, preventing a fatal wound.

That Bible is on display at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia.

Share

More Book Minute Features

August 12, 2019

Wycliffe Translators Origins

In 1917, a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the...
August 05, 2019

Five Presidential Birthdays

Five former US presidents have birthdays in August, with the oldest being Benjamin Harrison, followed by Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton...
July 29, 2019

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, “doing the most good” through millions of volunteers in more than 100 countries worldwide by serving hot meals to those in need, p...