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Col. J. J. Dickison, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 11.2, Florida (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 4 2 Browse Search
William W. Bennett, A narrative of the great revival which prevailed in the Southern armies during the late Civil War 1 1 Browse Search
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Lieutenant-General Hood, with the compliments of Lieutenant-General Leonidas Polk-June 12th, 1864. Within the fourth volume was inscribed his own name. All were saturated with the blood which flowed from the wound. Of many Christians who fell and died on the field of battle no record of their dying testimony for Christ remains; but from others, who survived their wounds a short time, we have assurance that God can make the death of the soldier not only peaceful, but triumphant. Maj. Pickens B. Bird, of Florida, was wounded, and died in a hospital near Richmond. When ordered to Virginia he said: I never expect to see home again. In the first fight he engaged in after reaching the lines near Richmond he fell mortally wounded. When told that he must die, he said: But for leaving my wife and children, I should not feel sad at the prospect of dying. There is no cloud, he said, between me and God now. A little while before he died he tried to sing, Jesus can make a dying bed, &c.
Pearson, Samuel Hope, James Tucker, J. C. Dupree and S. M. G. Gary. At the battle of Olustee these companies were formed into a battalion and commanded by Maj. Pickens B. Bird. In concentrating the troops between Waldo and Jacksonville after the battle of Olustee, Lieutenant-Colonel Martin was placed in command of the battalion.mmand, and brilliantly repulsed two assaults of the enemy. In the battle of Cold Harbor, the Ninth lost 100 men killed and wounded. Among the killed were Maj. Pickens B. Bird, Captain Reynolds, Lieutenant Lane; and Adjutant Owens, Captain Tucker and Lieut. R. D. Harrison were severely wounded. On this line the enemy encroachesan rangers, Captain Brevard returned to Florida for that purpose in the summer of 1862. Six companies forming the Second battalion soon enlisted, commanded by Captains Bird, Mays, Stewart, Westcott, Robinson and Ochus, under command of Lieut.-Col. Theodore Brevard. The battalion was placed under General Finegan's command and did