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Col. J. J. Dickison, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 11.2, Florida (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 10 0 Browse Search
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in any future encounters which they may have with the enemies of our country. . . . The members of my staff, Capt. T. S. Mills, assistant adjutant-general, and Capt. Hugh M. King, Fifth regiment Georgia volunteers; Lieuts. Calvin L. Sayre and Wilber Johnson, C. S. marines, who volunteered their services and acted as my aides, rendered me active and efficient assistance throughout the whole of the operations. Captain Mills, who was with Colonel Anderson's battalion in its first encounter with thusket ball, and being left upon the ground, fell into the hands of the enemy. Capt. Hugh M. King, in conveying orders and superintending the destruction of the camp, displayed commendable zeal and activity, and the ardor and intrepidity of Lieutenant Johnson, while deserving especial notice, give promise of this young officer's future success and distinction. The officers of the medical staff rendered to the wounded every service which under the circumstances was possible. Colonels Anderson
the company was reorganized. In June, 1862, a telegram was received from the war department ordering Captain Martin to proceed to Dalton in supporting distance of Chattanooga. On their arrival they did not long remain inactive, being soon ordered to join Gen. Kirby Smith, and doing most effective service in their first and most important fight at Richmond, Ky. On this memorable occasion the gallant and heroic Martin was seriously and at the time feared to be mortally wounded. Our brave Johnson, Tidwell, Boring and Holshouser were killed early in the engagement, nobly displaying the valor and chivalry of men devoted to a sacred cause. At this battle, the Marion light artillery was the only corps from Florida present, and was placed in a most conspicuous position. Gen. Kirby Smith briefly addressed them just as the fight commenced, and in his own eloquent manner appealed to the corps to maintain the honor of their State in the coming fight, and nobly did they respond to the appe
had been that day assigned. The noble daring of this gallant regiment was conspicuous in every battle. It has left a proud name in the military annals of the State. Upon the resignation of General Finegan, Colonel Brevard was made brigadier-general, and he acted as such until the 6th of April, 1865, when, while leading the Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh Florida to break up a flank movement of the enemy, the command was captured by General Custer's cavalry. With a large number of prisoners General Brevard was sent to Washington and afterward to Johnson's island, where he was detained a prisoner until the latter part of August, 1865, five months after the surrender. For want of historical data we are unable to follow the Florida consolidated brigade through all the details of its Virginia campaigns, which terminated with the surrender by General Lee, but in justice we must add that for courage and heroic endurance there can be found no prouder record in all the annals of the war.
gallantry and suffered severe losses. Colonel Kenan displayed brilliant soldier ship and received a severe wound amid the thickest of the fight, which caused the loss of a leg, depriving the country, said General Bate, of the services of a most gallant and efficient officer. In the final reorganization of the Army April 9th, the remnants of the brigade were consolidated in one regiment, the First Florida, under command of Lieut.-Col. Elisha Mashburn, in Gen. James A. Smith's brigade, Brown's (late Cleburne's) division, Hardee's corps, and thus it was surrendered with the army at Greensboro, April 26th, and disbanded at Augusta, Ga., May 14, 1865. Four companies of independent cavalry commanded by Captains Partridge, Smith, Leigh, and Vaughan, rendered effective service in Alabama. Captain Henderson's independent company of infantry served at Island No.10, and all were captured but the captain and five men. Captain Johnson's independent company of infantry served at Fort Pillow.