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[159] bright the sacred records of a glorious past. After Cold Harbor, they marched to Malvern hill, thence made a forced march of twenty-five miles to Petersburg, where the brigade was placed in the front line of works and were for three days exposed to a terrific fire of artillery. On the 23d of June they moved from the breastworks to make a flank movement, under a heavy fire of shell, grape and canister, and marched down the Weldon railroad, 6 miles below, and drove back the enemy who were tearing up the road. On the 30th of June the battle of Ream's Station was fought. The Florida troops marched 10 miles, reached the scene of action at daybreak and were placed in line of battle, where they charged the enemy, driving him back in a running fire of 4 miles, capturing 7 pieces of artillery, many horses, a few prisoners, and 1,300 negroes, our only casualty being a few slightly wounded. In the morning of the 21st of August the Florida brigade advanced within 100 yards of the Federal breastworks on the Weldon railroad, where they were strongly intrenched, but, under their destructive fire, was compelled to fall back. Repeated charges were made to dislodge the enemy, resulting in defeat. Our loss in killed and wounded was very severe. Capt. J. W. Pearson, of the Ninth, was severely wounded. He died, on his way home, at Augusta, Ga. Here also fell the gallant Col. Thompson B. Lamar, of the Fifth.

On the 7th of December, 1864, the Florida brigade began a forced march of 50 miles, reaching the enemy's rear near Belfield the third day, and engaged in skirmishing, few being killed or wounded. The enemy, who had been on a raid, made his escape. In this movement Hill's entire corps was engaged against 20,000 Federals, who were compelled to retreat. The brigade returned to camp with sore feet, having marched over frozen roads and through snow and sleet over 100 miles.

Early in February, 1865, Mahone's division reinforced General Gordon, whose corps attacked the enemy near

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