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[174] and effective fire upon us for some time; and at length, a support failing to come up in due time, we were forced to yield ground and retire to a more secure position. We were then relieved by fresh troops and rested until the afternoon, when we moved forward to support a line then engaged, and formed our line in the edge of a wood facing northwest, and about 5 o'clock p. m. moved forward swinging around to the left until we faced due west. The enemy was dislodged from his fortified position and our whole line charged gallantly over his works and rushed forward with a triumphant and deafening shout, adding confusion to the complete rout of the enemy and rescuing the whole of the previously contested field. Our line ceased to pursue them beyond the Chattanooga road and rested on it for the night. In this last charge the regiment captured one fine piece of artillery and a number of prisoners, and the next morning secured a quantity of small-arms.

My loss during the day was 9 killed, 67 wounded and 11 missing. The number of prisoners captured I estimated at not less than 100, 2 pieces of artillery and a quantity of small arms, blankets, etc. Lieutenant-Colonel Badger and acting adjutant Lieut. A. S. Pope are both worthy of complimentary mention for gallantry on the field. In the absence of Major Lash, who was detained on other duty, Captain Gorman acted major and rendered efficient service. The whole command, officers and men, were distinguished for their gallantry and good conduct during the action.

At the battle of Missionary Ridge, of the 172 men engaged of the Fourth, all were killed, wounded or captured but 18. At Dalton, on the 23d of February, 1864, the regiment was consolidated with the First Florida dismounted cavalry, which had lost all its field officers, and of 200 men engaged only 33 effectives were left. The consolidated regiment participated in all the gallant career of the Florida brigade, until the surrender at Greensboro.

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