of a Virginia lady, Mrs. Mary Claiborne
, who took care of and nursed him with the devotion of a mother.
On the 5th of August he was exchanged and returned to his regiment.
While the army was on the Chickahominy
, the Second Florida held its election of officers under the reorganization, and Capt. E. A. Perry
was elected colonel, Maj. L. G. Pyles lieutenant-colonel
, and Capt. George W. Call
At Seven Pines
the regiment, then in General Garland
's brigade of D. H. Hill
's division, at a fearful sacrifice of life won imperishable laurels for Florida
, charging up to the guns of the enemy under the most terrific fire and participating in the capture of Battery A, New York artillery, of General Casey
's division, better known as the ‘Napoleon battery.’
The terrible loss sustained in this engagement by the Second Florida is an eloquent tribute to their heroic courage.
Here the gallant and lamented Maj. George W. Call
fell, leading the left wing of his regiment, a loss deeply felt by his command and State.
His talents were of the first order.
Though scarcely reaching middle age, he was for some years before the war acknowledged to be at the head of the Florida
bar with such contemporaries as Sanderson
, Forward, Burrit and others, who shed luster upon the forum of our State.
Of eleven captains of the Second Florida who went into this battle, four, Captains C. S. Flagg
, I. H. Pooser
, C. A. Butler
and T. A. Perry
, were killed; and six, Captains McCaslan
, were wounded.
was also severely wounded, from which he never recovered, and died soon after the termination of the war.
Our limits will not permit the special mention of each noble son of Florida
who fell upon this bloody field.
Their names are recorded in a sketch of ‘Florida
Troops in Virginia
,’ in a memoir of Charles Seton Fleming
, written by his brother, Ex-Governor Frank P. Fleming
, from which liberal quotations are made in this chapter.