As a student of the American Civil War, I'm amazed at the courage that it took for young men to march, shoulder to shoulder, directly into the face of the enemy's muskets, cannons, and bayonets. For instance, during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment suffered catastrophic casualties at Cemetery Ridge. "Of the two hundred and sixty-two men who made the charge, two hundred and fifteen lay upon the field, stricken down by rebel bullets, forty-seven were still in line, and not a man was missing."(1) That's 82% dead or wounded!
Now, on today's Footsteps, we hear the story of a different kind of courage. When God called Russian pastor Yevgeny Bakhmutsky into Christian ministry, he and his family knew with 100% certainty that he would face persecution for his faith. Take a listen to today's episode. I think you'll be inspired.
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1. Minnesota Board of Commissioners on Publication of History of Minnesota in Civil and Indian Wars, Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861-1865 (St. Paul, Minnesota: Pioneer Press Company, 1890), 36, accessed January 6, 2022, https://books.google.com/.