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[170] of the Fourth Florida regiment, was selected to command them, and subsequently when orders were received to advance the line thus deployed, and for a regiment to be thrown forward in support, the Fourth Florida was chosen for that duty. The part taken by the Florida regiments is described in the reports of the colonels commanding.

Colonel Dilworth wrote:

On the morning of the 19th inst. I was left with my regiment and a section of Cobb's battery at Glass' mill, with instructions from MajorGen-eral Breckinridge to dispose of my command so as to repel any attack of the enemy, and remain until I should be relieved. During the afternoon a force of cavalry and infantry appeared across the creek, threw out a line of skirmishers and began to advance, but finding us ready to oppose them, they fell back at the first fire of our skirmishers, and made no further demonstrations. At 9 p. m. I received an order from Major-General Breckinridge to join the division, so I left the position in charge of a detachment of Wharton's cavalry, which had just come up, and hastened on with my command. Unfortunately, soon after leaving the main Chattanooga road the guide lost his way, and with my best exertions I was unable to reach the division until about 8 o'clock the next morning, after marching constantly all night, a distance of not less than 18 miles. I, however, arrived just in time to take my position as the brigade was being formed in line of battle. A little before 10 o'clock the order was given to advance. My regiment was on the right of the brigade, and Adams' brigade was on my right. We pushed forward through the woods and were in a few minutes engaged. As we charged, the enemy fell back through the woods and an open field beyond, leaving three brass pieces in the front of the right wing of my regiment and many prisoners to fall into our hands. One of these pieces I sent to the rear, but judging it to be imprudent to withdraw many men from the ranks, as the guns were already safe, I left them on the field and they were removed subsequently

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