The engagement on the 18th.
Headquarters 53d Reg't Va. Vols.,
4th Brigade, Huger's Division, June 24th, 1862.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
In your editorial of the 19th inst., relative to an engagement of our forces with the enemy of June the 18th inst., you stated that the 9th Virginia regiment attacked the enemy, and was gallantly supported by the 14th and 53d Virginia regiments.
Believing that you did not mean to misrepresent facts, please allow me a place in your columns, in order that the public may know who it was that engaged the enemy on that occasion.
The 53d regiment was stationed on the Richmond and York River Railroad on the morning of the 18th inst. Nothing of unusual interest occurred up to half-past 5 o'clock P. M., except the occasional firing of picket guns, when all at once our outpost pickets were driven in, and in a few moments the enemy, advancing at double-quick, in column of companies, attacked our whole line, which was extended from the Williamsburg
road to the Richmond and York River Railroad.
The engagement lasted thirty minutes. The enemy, which was at least five to our one, was completely routed and driven back, with a loss of not less than from two to three hundred in killed and wounded.
It may be said that at no period of this war have men acted with more coolness and with greater success than did the 53d on that occasion, and I would here state, in behalf of the officers, that I never saw men so perfectly cool and deliberate — giving commands cheerfully, and the men obeying willingly.
The 53d was supported by the 3d Georgia and 6th South Carolina regiments, but not until all of the fighting was over, except the 3d Georgia may have fired a few scattering shots on the retreating enemy, and then in advance of our lines some two hundred yards.
I am, sirs, very respectfully, your ob't sv't, J. C. Timberlake
Captain Commanding 53d Virginia Regiment.