Just some thoughts:
Gossip–Idle talk or rumor especially about the personal or private affairs of others.
“In the midnight mists on a red clay hill in northeast Georgia on May 11, 1864, a bizarre, almost Druid-like ceremony took place. There in a candlelit tent, a man was baptized.”
Shrouds of Glory—Winston Groom
General John Bell Hood a Confederate general whose name would come to be closely associated, often in a negative way, with the largest one day battle in the history of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin was the one receiving the baptism at this time.
His baptism was a source of questions, rumors and gossip of the time. Some would say he had been baptized because he had a notion that death would be near with the up coming battle, a “get right with God time”. Others said it was because of wave of revivalism that had been sweeping the Confederate quarters at the time. No not so, others were saying, it was because he was in love with a beautiful South Carolina socialite and he and her family were embarrassed of him being unable to take communion with her in church. As one might imagine, other rumors and gossip circulated.
It is interesting how people will talk, speculate on the lives of others. Even on matter so personal as their religious beliefs, matters of marriage, careers and the list could go on. When in most cases they actually know absolutely nothing or very little regarding what they are talking about. I have often wondered why people do such.
“Did you hear?” “Let me tell you.” “Can you believe that?” “I know why.”
Ole’ Hank Williams, Sr. expressed this way:
“If your mindin’ your business you won’t need to be mindin’ mine.”
August 14, 2018
Posted October 14, 2018