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[156] as perseveringly, and as far as any troops could have done in the same situation. They were hotly engaged, suffered heavier in loss in killed and wounded, in proportion to their numbers, than any brigade in the army, and did not retire until compelled, like all the others, to do so by the superior force of the enemy and the strength of his position. By giving this communication a place in your columns you will render an act of justice to brave men, whose honor and reputation I take pleasure in defending against the incorrectness of the statement and the inferences which might be drawn from any omission to notice it. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. Anderson, Major-General.

We hope this brigade, now a small but Spartan band, will not be allowed to lose its identity as Florida troops, but that its decimated ranks will be filled up by the new levies about to be raised in that State, and that volunteers will hasten to join this brigade which has done such faithful service in the army of Northern Virginia, and won a name and fame for the gallant little State of Florida.

In the Gettysburg fight the Fifth Florida lost 17 killed and 76 wounded; among the killed Capt. John Frink and Lieut. J. A. Jenkins and J. C. Blake; among the wounded Captains William Bailey and R. N. Gardner, Lieutenants G. L. Odum, J. A. Shaw and George Walker. The Second lost 1 killed and 70 wounded. The casualties of the Eighth were 5 killed and 65 wounded. Among the wounded were Captains T. R. Love, J. Mizell and T. B. Livingston; Lieutenants H. Bruce, W. W. Wilson, E. J. Dismukes, John Malone, F. M. Bryan and T. W. Givens.

At the battle of Bristoe Station, October 14, 1863, the brigade was conspicuously engaged, losing a considerable number killed and wounded; among the latter Lieut.-Col. William Baya, commanding the Eighth and Sergeant-Major Arnou of the same regiment.

In the campaign of the Wilderness, May, 1864, the Florida brigade, already greatly reduced in numbers, lost as many as 250 men. Among the wounded was General

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