E M Bounds

(1935-1913) Methodist Pastor and chaplain during the American Civil War


Edward McKendree Bounds, born in rural Missouri in 1835, was originally apprenticed as a lawyer but in his early twenties he felt called to the ministry. Ordained in 1859 as pastor of the Monticello, Missouri Methodist Church, he became a chaplain during the Civil War and was taken captive during the first battle of Franklin, Tennessee. After the war he returned to war-torn Franklin to help rebuild it spiritually. He held weekly prayer sessions that sometimes lasted several hours these led to revival and brought his name to national prominence. He combined an itinerant preaching ministry with being associate editor of the official Methodist newspaper, the Christian Advocate until he died in 1913.