During this time the intensity of the war had been such that the General Conference Committee made an appeal for Sabbath, August 27, to be made a day of fasting and prayer.
Three points of concern were named in a brief article in the Review:
- The existing war, which threatens to very much retard the progress of the third angel's message.
- Ccondition of American slaves.
- That God will direct His people to act wisely and humbly in reference to the draft, and overrule impending events to their good and His glory (RH, Aug. 9, 1864).