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ot-pounds of soldiers. Upon this material side the Mexican War was a great help to him; and upon quite another side he has the following to say: All the older officers, who became conspicuous in the Rebellion, I had also served with and known in Mexico. . . . The acquaintance thus formed was of immense service to me in the War of the Rebellion,--I mean what I learned of the characters of those to whom I was afterwards opposed. . . . The natural disposition of most people is to clothe a commandemer had done this; but it had done as much for half a hundred others. So here was quite a large company with even chances. But chance and the man are rare comrades. Like many, he had expected this war to be a smaller thing than our campaign in Mexico. That was twenty-six months; its losses, about a thousand lives a month; its cost, one hundred and sixty million. The Rebellion lasted forty-eight months. It was a battle-ground somewhat larger than England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany,