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[284] pushed back the enemy, and when ammunition gave out halted and held their line without replying to the enemy's fire, though some of the men had never before been in battle. When the ammunition was replenished, General Colquitt struck the enemy on the flank with the Sixth and Thirty-second regiments; the Twenty-seventh, under Colonel Zachry, pushed forward with great vigor upon the center, and the whole line went in with a yell, whereupon the enemy gave way in confusion. The Federal force retreated during the night, and middle Florida was no longer troubled. The forces engaged were about 5,500 on a side, but about 600 Confederate cavalry, counted in this, were not actively engaged. The Federal loss was 1,861 killed, wounded and captured. The Eighth United States, colored, lost in line of battle 300 out of 550, illustrating the effectiveness of the Confederate fire. Colquitt's brigade lost 43 killed and 441 wounded; Harrison's, 50 killed and 406 wounded; which, with a few missing, made a total of 946. In his report General Colquitt said:
The gallantry and steady courage of officers and men during this engagement are beyond all praise. For more than four hours they struggled with unflinching firmness against superior numbers, until they drove them in confusion and panic to seek safety in flight. Col. George P. Harrison, who commanded on the left, displayed skill, coolness and gallantry. The commanding officers of the various regiments did their duty nobly. Col. J. W. Evans, commanding Sixty-fourth Georgia, and Captain Crawford, commanding Twenty-eighth Georgia, both gallant officers, were wounded. Lieut.-Col. James Barrow, Sixty-fourth Georgia, a brave and gallant officer, received a fatal shot while gallantly attempting to rally his men. Captain Wheaton and the officers and men of his battery (Chatham artillery) are entitled to especial commendation for their courage, coolness and efficiency. [Captain Grattan, assistant adjutant-general; Lieut. Hugh H. Colquitt, aide-de-camp; Major Ely and Lieutenant Estill of the staff, and Lieutenant Thompson and Sterling Turner, volunteer aides, were also commended.]

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