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[155] the enemy, or even when the three brigades went in, the historian might have been called on to record a different result.

On the 3d Wright was not engaged, but Wilcox and Lang were ordered to co-operate with Pickett and Pettigrew in the assault on Cemetery hill. The Floridians and Alabamians fought with distinguished courage, as on the previous day, and again forced the enemy to yield to their desperate charges, but for the second time the assault was not made simultaneously, and when position after position had been carried it was found that there were others still, which with their weary and wasted forces it was impossible to storm. First Pickett retired, then Wilcox and Lang, each having suffered frightful losses.

The Second Florida was commanded on the first day by Major Moore, who was wounded and left on the field, as was Captain Ballantine, second in command. On the third day Captain Fleming assumed command, Lieutenant Todd being second in rank. The Fifth Florida was commanded by Captain Gardner, who lost an arm on the second day, when the command devolved on Captain Hollyman. The Eighth was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Baya. These three regiments made up the brigade, which was under Colonel Lang of the Eighth Florida, who handled it skillfully and bravely, in the absence of General Perry.

To the testimonials to the valor of the Florida brigade at Gettysburg is added the following tribute from their gallant division commander. Emanating from the high source that it does, it should be preserved, a proud page in the history of Florida's soldiers:

Headquarters Anderson's Division, Third Army Corps, August 6, 1863.
To the Editor of the Enquirer:
Gentlemen: In the letter which I addressed to you a few days ago, correcting the statements of P. W. A., the correspondent of the Savannah Republican, I omitted to take notice of the following sentence: ‘Perry's brigade advanced a short distance, but did not become fully engaged.’ This is quite as incorrect as the other statements which I have contradicted. Perry's brigade, under the command of Col. David Lang, advanced as bravely,

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