Confederate Regiments & Batteries * Florida Regiments

April The 5th Florida Infantry Regiment completed organization at Camp Leon in Tallahassee, Florida under Colonel John C. Hately, Lieutenant Colonel Thompson B. Lamar and Major Benjamin F. Davis.
  Ordered to Virginia with over 1,000 effectives
June 27
Battle of Cold Harbor

Lieutenant Leroy Allen was wounded

September Transferred with Pryor’s Brigade to Anderson’s Division of Longstreet’s Command.
September 17
Battle of Crampton’s Gap (South Mountain)

Lieutenant Colonel Thompson B. Lamar was wounded and captured.

September 17
Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The regiment was commanded by Colonel John Hately until he took over the brigade while Brigadier General Roger A. Pryor took over the division from the wounded Richard Anderson. Major Benjamin F. Davis then took command of the regiment. It fought in the Cornfield , retiring to the stone walls along Hagerstown Road after taking heavy casualties. Colonel Hately was wounded in both thighs while commanding the brigade. Captain William T. Gregory was mortally wounded, dying at home on December 11, and Lieutenant M. B. Swearengen was wounded.

November Assigned with Perry’s Brigade to Anderson’s Division of Longstreet’s First Corps
December 13
Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 1 man wounded.

Battle of Chancellorsville

Commanded by Major Benjamin F. Davis, who was wounded. Lieutenant John G. Raulerson and 6 enlisted men were killed and 22 enlisted men were wounded.

June Assigned to Perry’s Florida Brigade of Anderson’s Division in the newly created Third Corps.
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Captain Richmond N. Gardner. It took part in Longstreet’s assault of July 2 and supported Pickett’s Charge of July 3. Out of 321 men engaged, it lost 29 men killed or mortally wounded, 92 men were wounded, and 3 enlisted men missing.

Captain John Frink, Lieutenants Joel C. Blake and John A. Jenkins were killed. Lieutenant George R. Walker was mortally wounded. Captains Gardner and William J. Bailey,  and Lieutenants John O. Morris, George L. Odum, J. A. Shaw, James G. Shuler, M. B. Swearengen and Benjamin F. Wood were wounded, 

Captain Richmond N. Gardner lost his left arm but survived. Captain Bailey and Lieutenant Shuler were captured, and died in captivity, Shuler on December 11 on Johnston’s Island.

From the monument to Perry’s brigade at Gettysburg:

July 2. Formed line in forenoon in the eastern border of these woods. Advanced at 6 P. M. and assisted in forcing the Union line on the Emmitsburg Road and by rapid pursuit compelled the temporary abandonment of several guns. At the foot of the slope met fresh Union forces and the line on its right retiring it also fell back. The color bearer of the 8th Florida fell and its flag was lost.

July 3. Ordered to join Wilcox’s Brigade on its left and conform to its movements. Supported artillery until Longstreet’s column started and then advanced in aid of his assault. But dense smoke hiding his oblique course the Brigade moved directly forward. In the gap caused thereby a strong force struck its left flank capturing about half of the 2nd Florida and its colors.

July 4. In line here and at dark began the march to Hagerstown.

Present 700 Killed 33 Wounded 217 Missing 205 Total 455

July 6 Colonel Hately resigned due to his wounds from Sharpsburg. Lieutenant Colonel Thompson Lamar was promoted to colonel.
April 11 Major Davis was cashiered.
May 5 – 7
Battle of the Wilderness

Colonel Thompson Lamar was wounded and Captain James A. Kinlock was killed.

May 8 – 21
Battle of Spotsylvania
July 1864 –
April 1865
Siege of Petersburg

Captain William K. Partridge was wounded

August Assigned to Finnegan’s Brigade of Mahone’s Division of the Third Corps.
August 30 Colonel Thompson Lamar was killed by a sharpshooter at Petersburg
April 6
Battle of Saylor’s Creek

Arrived at Sayler’s Creek. The Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh Florida were detached to guard a crossroad at Marshall’s Corner. Most of the men of these regiments were captured.

April 9
Appomattox Court House

The 5th Florida Infantry Regiment surrendered 6 officers and 47 men under Lieutenant Thomas Shine

The flag carried through the Battle of Gettysburg was retired some time in late 1863 and returned to the Governor of Florida. It is in the possession of the Museum of Florida History,