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[468] little force was double-quicked to the support of the picket; but before it could reach the line, the picket on the right, next to the road, was met retiring before the enemy, who had suddenly advanced in overwhelming numbers, driving them in by his immense odds and rapid advance. The reserve, together with the picket which had been driven in, were promptly deployed by Captain Aylett, so as to connect with that portion of our picket line which had not been forced back. The men were made to lie down behind trees, to conceal their small numbers and position, in order that the enemy might be held in check until reenforcements could arrive. For one hour and a quarter did this little force, of only three small companies, maintain its position against two regiments, alone and unaided, and a storm of bullets rarely surpassed for severity. The men were ordered not to fire until they saw an object, and thought they could hit it. Hence almost every shot told, as was indicated by the frequent cries of those struck. While the right of the Fifty-third was enduring this fire, the enemy had advanced on the right 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 driven back, and the Fifty-third was enabled to resume its picket line, except a small portion of it immediately on the road, where, from the exposure of a field, and the fire from a battery, (planted by the enemy in the road after they had advanced by us on the right of the Williamsburg road,) it could not then be occupied, There was fighting along the whole line occupied by the Fifty-third, at intervals during the day; but, as indicated, mainly on the right. Six prisoners were taken by the Fifty-third, and the enemy's loss must have been heavy. Later in the evening, the woods were heavily shelled by the enemy; but the Fifty-third, men and officers, gallantly stood their ground, though they were almost broken down with fatigue and exhaustion, from having been on picket duty so long. It would be pleasing to mention the names of those who most gallantly deported themselves ; but where all acted so well, it might appear invidious. As the regiment has not yet come in, a list of its casualties cannot now be made out; but it is believed to be small. When the long-continued and terrible fire to which the regiment was exposed is considered, a small list of casualties would seem to be miraculous, and can only be explained by the fact that our men were deployed as skirmishers, well concealed and protected, and the enemy were so drunk 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. Killed: George W. Brushwood. Missing: Lewis W. Kelley and J. F. Chick. Company E. Lieutenant B. S. Farrenholt, ribs fractured by the falling of a limb from a tree.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

George M. Waddill, Major, commanding Fifty-third Virginia Regiment.


Report of Captain Grammer.

June 15, 1862.
Captain J. D. Darden, A. D. C. and A. A. A. G.
Captain: The following is a list of the non-commissioned officers and men reported to me by their officers as having distinguished themselves by their conduct in their skirmishes and battles around Richmond, in which the Fifty-third Virginia regiment was engaged:

Company A. At Seven Pines, Corporals Noell and Wright, and private H. C. Hudson, and at Malvern Hill, Corporals Noell and Wright. In the skirmishes of the eighteenth, twenty-fifth, and twenty-seventh of June, all the men present behaved well.

Company B. Sergeants J. H. and J. R. Hockaday, and privates S. B. Sweeney, R. H. David, T. J. Elliott, at Malvern Hill.

Company C. Sergeant R. B. Bradshaw, Corporal W. S. Weaver, and privates J. C. Desdine and C. J. Weaver, at Malvern Hill.

Company D. Corporals W. T. Johnson (killed) and R. Clemens; privates Pollard, Ashby, Ellet, and Kelly, at Malvern Hill.

Company E. Privates William Bowers and G. J. Green, killed in the skirmish of the eighteenth; Sergeant Barker, wounded at Malvern Hill; Corporal William A. Pollard, the third man who carried the colors the first of July, was shot twice before he fell. In the confusion of regiments charging through and mixing up with each other, he took the colors off with him when borne to the rear. L. C. Blackburn, distinguished at Seven Pines for coolness and daring.

Company F. No report. Not in the fight at Malvern Hill.

Company G. Corporal John B. Scott, at Seven Pines.

Company H. In the skirmish of the eighteenth of June, private T. Howchins was seen to kill four Yankees, exposing himself freely all the while.

Company I. Privates White, Whitehead, and Hudson, at Malvern Hill — all three wounded.

Company K. Private John A. Bullifant, (wounded,) at Seven Pines; private Haws Coleman, in the skirmish of the twenty-seventh of June.

Color-Sergeant T. F. Harwood, wounded at


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