e south side if he fails in his purpose of cutting the Confederate communications.
That the combination on which he relied for that purpose has signally failed cannot be doubted.
Hunter may have done damage to the western lines, but he has suffered dearly for his interference, and the injury was speedily repaired.
The cavalry, in which the Federal seem to have established a decided preponderance, have failed to effect a permanent destruction; and an attempt made by an expedition under Wilson to break up the line between Richmond, via Petersburg and Weldon, must have ended badly, if it be true that the Confederates intercepted the horsemen and forced Meade to march a whole corps and a division to their assistance, with results yet unknown to us. Sheridan, from whom a good deal was expected, has not turned out to be a Zeidlitz, a Murat, or even a Paget.
He failed in a very feeble effort to reach Hunter, and he has since lost, we are told, one thousand men in a scamper across the