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Confederate Regiment

8th Florida Infantry

Disbanded/Mustered out: Appomattox Courthouse, VA 4/9/1865
Commanding Officers:
  LCol. George A. Coppens
  Capt. Richard A. Waller
  Capt. William Baya
Map Showing this Unit:
   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



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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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BPvtGandy, Blackshear AWOL   09/17     We have some details for this person
BSgtIngram, H. H.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
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Notes

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.
Studnicki, Jim, Civil War Florida, Published c. 2001, first accessed 15 June 2005, <http://www.civilwarflorida.com/>, Source page: /site/sources/letters/show_letter.php?letterREF=2  [AotW citation 161]

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