ht of the road, and thus flanked our position, and gotten even in the rear of a portion of it. Still Captain Aylett and his command held their ground, until the noble Twenty-fifth North Carolina came to their assistance, to whose gallant commander Captain Aylett reported, and was ordered by him to take position on his left.
The Fifty-third Virginia and Twenty-fifth North Carolina were now both subjected to a terrific fire for some time, but they returned it with such effect that the enemy was ddrunk they could not shoot.
This latter view is known to be correct, as prisoners taken were found to be intoxicated.
The regiment is at this time acting as reserve for the Fourteenth and Thirty-eighth Virginia, commanded by Captain Martin, Captain Aylett and myself both being sick, and unfit for duty.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant, George W. Waddill, Major Fifty-third Virginia Regiment.
The casualties of the twenty-fifth are as follows, viz.: Company D.