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[158] They were commanded by Captains Chambers, Davis, John W. Pearson, Samuel Hope, James Tucker, J. C. Dupree and S. M. G. Gary. At the battle of Olustee these companies were formed into a battalion and commanded by Maj. Pickens B. Bird. In concentrating the troops between Waldo and Jacksonville after the battle of Olustee, Lieutenant-Colonel Martin was placed in command of the battalion.

These three regiments were united with the Second, Fifth and Eighth, lately forming Perry's brigade, to constitute the brigade of General Finegan. The average effective strength of the regiments was about 200 men. The brigade went at once into active service. After a march of 30 miles they halted before Deep Bottom on the line before Richmond, where, after digging trenches, finding them not tenable, they fell back one mile. There was skirmishing on May 31st, the enemy shelling our lines. Falling back to Gaines' farm the brigade intrenched as a reserve.

On the morning of the 3d of June the Florida brigade recaptured the breastworks that had been temporarily lost by Breckinridge's command, and brilliantly repulsed two assaults of the enemy. In the battle of Cold Harbor, the Ninth lost 100 men killed and wounded. Among the killed were Maj. Pickens B. Bird, Captain Reynolds, Lieutenant Lane; and Adjutant Owens, Captain Tucker and Lieut. R. D. Harrison were severely wounded.

On this line the enemy encroached with their picketline and sharpshooters and gradually strengthened themselves until General Finegan ordered the old Second, Fifth and Eighth, in all about 200 men effective, to drive out the sharpshooters. The men started out bravely, but aware that many would never return. Capt. Seton Fleming, commanding the Second, fell dead thirty or forty yards in front of the works. He was a soldier of chivalric bravery and loved by his men, and his memory will be revered while there are brave true hearts to keep

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