8th Florida InfantryDisbanded/Mustered out: Appomattox Courthouse, VA 4/9/1865
LCol. George A. Coppens
Capt. Richard A. Waller
Capt. William Baya
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Detail Map #7: Richardson's Division Attacks the Sunken Road
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #386: Anderson's Division, Longstreet's Command - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 1 PM
Tablet #344: Anderson's Division, Longstreet's Command - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 5 PM
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of Northern Virginia
Corps - Longstreet's Command
Division - Anderson's Division
Brigade - Pryor's Brigade
In the Antietam Campaign:
"... the regiment went into the battle in command of Lt. Col. Coppen, formerly of the 1st Battalion Louisania Zouves, by assignment of Gen. Roger Pryor just preceding the battle, because of the absence and sickness of Col. Richard B. Floyd, Lt. Col. John M. Pons. Major W.I. Turner, having resigned ..."
"Col. Coppen was killed almost immediately after getting fire, in the cornfield below the stone barn near bloody lane! Capt. Richard A. Waller then assumed command as senior Capt. and was also killed with the colors of the regiment draped over his shoulders, almost immediately afterward, the flagstaff having been shot in two, & the color bearer and color guard beig [sic] all either killed or wounded".
The next (?) in (or) to (****rank?), the writer, had been previously wounded, between the times of the killings of Col. Coppen & Capt. Waller and Capt. Wm. Baya, next in rank, commanded the regiment until the (****) of the engagement, and until the return of Lt. Col. Pons. Col. Floyd having resigned because of extreme ill health."1
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1 From letter, former Capt (later Colonel) David Lang, 8th Florida, to E. A. Carman, Antietam Battlefield Commission, probably c. 1896. Transcribed by Mr. Studnicki.