loved and respected by all, and his death cast a gloom over the entire command.
In subsequent operations the regiment was distinguished for gallantry and dauntless heroism.
At the battle of Chickamauga
, consolidated with the First Florida regiment, the heroic conduct of the command is recorded in the report of Col. Wm. Dilworth
Subsequently the history of the First and Third was that of the Florida
brigade until the surrender at Greensboro
‘Had anyone told that the regiment would never see Florida
again, and that the few who would be so fortunate as to return would come back one by one after years of toil and suffering, he would have been regarded as a faithless prophet of evil.
One by one they fell by the wayside.
Some lie buried by Georgia
streams, some on the hillsides of Alabama
, some in the valley of Tennessee
, some on the bloody fields of Kentucky
, some under the blue skies of Mississippi
; some survived and struggled on until they reached the Carolinas; while a few came back to the old homestead and died in the arms of their loved ones.
There is many a vacant space in the old lines; some fell victims to disease in camp and hospital; some offered their lives on the battlefield, and others pined away in the prisons of the North
Many unnamed and now sunken mounds cover brave hearts who marched shoulder to shoulder firm in the resolve to be faithful unto death.’
The Fourth regiment was organized and mustered into the Confederate army in June, 1861.
The companies, commanded by Captains Gee
, and Fletcher
, were assigned to duty in different points in the State
, and were actively engaged until ordered to the Western army.
On the 1st of May, 1862, the Fourth was reorganized with J. P. Hunt
, colonel; W. L. L. Bowen
; Edward Badger
, major; and Dr. C. C. Burke
. Three weeks later they were ordered to Corinth, Miss.
On reaching Mobile
the order was countermanded,