strength of 531, lost at Murfreesboro
138 killed, wounded and missing. The Fourth, 458 strong, lost 163 killed and wounded, and 31 missing.
In this battle the battery of Capt. F. H. Robertson
, claimed by both Alabama
, was the center of a brisk fight on December 30th, in which several of the artillerymen were wounded and an ammunition chest exploded.
The battery took a prominent part during the remainder of the conflict.
In May, 1863, the brigade, under Gen. M. A. Stovall
, and including the Forty-seventh Georgia, was transferred to Mississippi
, under General Johnston
, to relieve Vicksburg
Reaching the Big Black river
the day before Vicksburg
surrendered, next morning the army retreated to Jackson
, where General Johnston
reported that on the 12th of July ‘a party of skirmishers of the First, Third and Fourth Florida, Forty-seventh Georgia and Cobb
's battery, struck the enemy's flank, and captured 200 prisoners, and colors of the Twenty-eighth, Forty-first, and Fifty-third Illinois regiments.’
On August 26, 1863, Stovall
's brigade was ordered to Chattanooga
, thence to Lafayette, Ga.
, where they remained until September 15th.
Next day they marched to Glass' mill, and on the 19th Breckinridge
's division, to which the brigade was attached, took position south of Lee
& Gordon's mill, leaving Colonel Dilworth
to skirmish with the enemy.
On the night of the 19th the division crossed the Chickamauga
and took position on the right of Bragg
In Brigadier-General Stovall
's report of the service of his brigade in the battle of Chickamauga
, he makes special mention of the gallantry of the Florida
troops under his command; the First and Third infantry commanded by Col. W. S. Dilworth
, and the Fourth infantry commanded by Col. W. L. L. Bowen
At sunrise, September 20th, when Stovall
formed his line of battle, his brigade being in the center of the division, and skirmishers were deployed, Lieut.-Col. Edward Badger