and the division of Gen. John C. Breckinridge
In the magnificent but disastrous charge of that division on January 2, 1863, the gallant Miller
, commanding the First and Third Florida consolidated, was wounded.
in his report says, ‘Colonel Miller
, of the First and Third Florida, was wounded on Friday while bravely leading his regiment, which he withdrew, retaining the command notwithstanding his wounds.’
While being healed of his injury Colonel Miller
was placed in charge of the Confederate
conscript bureau in southern Florida
On August 2, 1864, he was commissioned brigadier-general, and on September 8th was ordered to take immediate command of the reserve forces of the State of Florida
, to complete their organization and place them at once in service.
On the 29th of September, in addition to his other duties, General Miller
was assigned to the command of the district of Florida, where he took an active part in the events of that period and until the close of the war.
Brigadier-General Edward Aylesworth Perry
was born in Richmond, Berkshire county, Mass.
, March 15, 1833.
He entered Yale college, but before the completion of his course removed to Alabama
, where he studied law. After admission to the bar, in 1857, he moved to Pensacola, Fla.
, where he began the practice of his chosen profession.
He fully shared the sentiments of the people of his adopted State, and when the civil war commenced he raised a company, of which he was elected captain.
His command became a part of the Second Florida regiment, of which Captain Perry
became colonel in May, 1862.
The regiment was sent to Virginia
and was attached to the division of Gen. James Longstreet
. Colonel Perry
commanded the regiment at Seven Pines
and in the Seven Days battles around Richmond
, and from the first the regiment and its commander were conspicuous for valor and efficiency.