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[150] In General Perry's report he said: ‘The conduct of both officers and men of my command through the tiresome marches and continued watching, as well as while engaging the enemy, was such as to merit high praise. The firm and steadfast courage exhibited, especially by the Fifth and Second Florida regiments, in the charge at Chancellorsville, attracted my particular attention.’ The general specially noted the services of Capt. W. E. Mc-Caslan, Lieut. D. B. Taylor, Lieut. William Scott and Lieut. H. F. Riley; Maj. T. C. Elder and Maj. D. W. Hinkle, staff officers and volunteer aides. The Eighth lost 11 killed and 35 wounded, among the latter. Capt. B. F. Whitner and Lieutenants J. M. Nelson and T. S. Armistead. The Second lost 3 killed, including Adjt. Waddy F. Butler, and 29 wounded; and the Fifth lost 6 killed and 22 wounded, among the latter Maj. B. F. Davis.

At the battle of Gettysburg the brigade was commanded by Lang of the Eighth, the heroic fighter at Fredericksburg, now promoted to colonel, General Perry being disabled with typhoid fever. The following is the report of the service of the brigade in the battle of Gettysburg, in a letter to General Perry from Colonel Lang:

Dear Sir: I avail myself of this favorable opportunity of giving you an account of the part taken by the brigade in the Gettysburg fight on the 2d and 3d of July.

On the morning of the 1st, while marching from Fayetteville to Gettysburg, our brigade being the rear guard of Anderson's division, heavy firing was heard in front and I received orders to pass beyond the wagons and close up on the troops in front. After this the division was posted in the following order, two miles in rear of Gettysburg, viz: Wilcox on the right, then Perry, Wright, Posey and Mahone. We remained in this position until Longstreet's corps arrived on the following morning. Pender and Heth had the day before driven the enemy to his stronghold on the heights back of town, with considerable loss on both sides, our loss being


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