General Rodes ordered the men forward and they passed the cannons and bounded down the slope through a ruined corn field toward the Sunken Lane.
An errant maneuver by a neighboring regiment opened a gap in the Confederate line. Union troops poured in and the grey line was flanked and collapsed. Along with the rest of the troops lining the Sunken Road, the Floridians retreated back through the orchard, retracing their initial approach.
The Floridians' performance drew criticism at the time, but Waters' examination of contemporaneous accounts shows a different story: the Florida brigade fought valiantly while sustaining terrible losses. Nearly fifty percent of the 570 Floridians engaged were casualties.