large majority of them were privates in the ranks, who fought not for glory or fame, but from a sense of duty to their country.
in his report of the casualties said: ‘We have to mourn the loss of Maj. G. W. Call
. Lieutenant-Colonel Pyles
being severely wounded in the gallant discharge of his duties, Major Call
killed, and ten out of eleven company commanders killed or wounded, the position of Colonel Perry
was critical and dangerous.
He discharged his duty with signal honor to himself and to my perfect satisfaction.
The loss sustained by the Second Florida during this engagement was 37 killed, 152 wounded and 9 missing.’
At the battle of Gaines' Mill
and Frayser's Farm, the Second Florida, in Pryor
's brigade of Longstreet
's division, added to the laurels it had already won, with the sacrifice, however, of many valuable lives, of whom may be mentioned Capt. G. W. Parkhill
and Lieuts. Edward C. Humphreys
and J. H. Sikes
The remainder of the career of the Second is covered by the account of the Florida
The Second Florida at the reorganization was continued in the service as a three years regiment, therefore its term would have expired on the 13th of July, 1864, and the surviving remnant entitled to their discharge.
But this band of heroes could not return home while an enemy remained in front, and while at winter quarters they anticipated the expiration of their term of service by re-enlisting for the war. The appreciation by the Confederate Congress, of the patriotic and heroic spirit manifested by the Second Florida in their re-enlistment for the war after their arduous service already performed, was expressed by their passage of the following joint resolution: ‘Resolved, That the thanks of Congress are due and are hereby tendered to the officers and men of the Second Florida regiment, who, after a service of distinguished gallantry and heroic suffering for nearly three years, did on the 28th of January, 1864, at a meeting held near Rapidan