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Sunday, May 15, 2016

St. Peter's Church during the Civil War: Documents


St. Peters Church, Va. McIlvaine. 1862- Library of Congress
       

                 NEW KENT COUNTY

                 St. Peter's and St. James Churches St. Peter's Parish.
            Rev. H.S. Kepler, Rector.

Baptisms- Infants, white, 4. Communicants- Added, 1; total, 23 
Funerals- White, 1; colored, 2; total, 3. Contributions- Tracts for soldiers, $4.50; Diocesan Missions, 40; total, 14.50. 
Remarks- I was invited to this Parish in September last. It is now in the hands of the enemy, and its members are fugitives from their homes. Its invasion prevented the usual contribution to the Convention fund.

-Journal of the Sixty-Seventh Annual Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Virginia held in St. Paul's Church, Richmond, on the 20th, 21st and 22nd May, 1862.
Richmond 1862



                    NEW KENT COUNTY 

           St. Peter's and St James Churches St. Peter's Parish. 
     Rev. H.S. Kepler, Rector. 

This Parish has suffered greatly from the late invasion of the enemy. Since his expulsion regular semi-monthly services have been held at St. James, but it has been found impracticable to open St. Peter's. Nearly all the parishioners fled at the approach of the enemy, and are still exile from their desolated homes.
During the invasion, found an ample field of usefulness in the military hospitals in and around Richmond, and in this field I have continued during the year. I have also performed missionary duty two Sundays in the month at St. David's Church, King William County, and at Louisa Court-House. 
Communicants- St. Peter's, 3; St James, 2; total 5. 
St. David's, 7; Louisa Court-House, 4; total 11. 

-Journal of the Sixty-Eighth Annual Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Virginia held in St. Paul's Church, Richmond, on the 20th, 21st and 22nd May, 1863.
Richmond 1863




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