vice or slain at Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor.
"The ranks of the old corps are filled with new men. All know that three years has been sufficient to change the army.
There is in some way a difference.
We cannot notice it any more than the physiologist can discern a change in his own body every seven years. There is no difference in the corps insignia.
The men are fed as well, and apparently march and fight as well as ever.
It is only under peculiar circumstances, like those in which Gibbon's and Miles's divisions were placed during Wednesday afternoon, that any difference can be observed.
Thrice the rebels charged, each time with augmented numbers and increased fury.
When our soldiers saw their backs for the third time, contempt for their foes was only equalled by the confidence they felt in themselves.
Many of the regiments in Miles's division were composed of new men — substitutes; aliens, and drafted men. The Seventh New York had just received three hundred such.
same game of deception in running his trains so busily, and causing his men to cheer so lustily, in hearing of our troops.
We have no doubt, however, that he has largely reinforced his new position, though not to that extent that he would like us to believe.
We have intelligence thus far of the presence of two corps massed on our right and engaged in the recent battles there, viz: the Fifth, commanded by Warren, and the Ninth, formerly commanded by Burnside, but since his relief by General Gibbon.
These corps, as have the others of Grant's army, have been greatly strengthened by the assignment of new recruits to their ranks, and now number probably eight or ten thousand men each.
Since Grant established himself in front of Petersburg, he has lost five thousand men for every mile he has advanced.
If our readers will take the trouble to count his losses in taking the Weldon road, thence to the Vaughan and now to the Squirrel Level road, they will find this a correct estimate