> LOUISVILLE DAILY JOURNAL, September 20, 1862.
> WHAT THE REBELS THINK OF IT. - Dr. J. N. Green, of Indianapolis,
> Surgeon of the 19th regiment, returned home a day or two ago, and brings
> with him some interesting experiences and valuable information to Journal.
> During the recent battles before Washington he was placed in charge of one
> of the field hospitals, which, by the retirement of our army, fell into the
> hands of the enemy, and as he refused to leave the wounded men, he was taken
> prisoner. He and the wounded were generally kindly treated, but the utter
> destitution of the rebels made it impossible for them to furnish much that
> the hospital needed, and the men in consequence suffered terribly. He says
> the rebel advance into Maryland, whatever strategic purpose it may have had,
> was an act of sheer necessity. They had to go there to get something to
> eat. One of their cavalry officers told the Doctor that his battalion had
> had no rations for four days, and the horses had eaten nothing but the grass
> on the ground where they were picketed. The rebels allowed the Doctor full
> liberty within their lines, to go and come as he pleased, and where he
> pleased, and the officers conversed with him very freely. In regard to
> their successful movement in the rear of Pope's position on the
> Rappahannock, and their advance to Manassas, they said that they were
> astonished at it themselves, that they fully expected to encounter a bloody
> resistance and defeat at Thoroughfare Gap, the unguarded condition of which
> amazed them as much as it delighted them. Through that pass, the only
> practicable one, and so susceptible of defence [sic] that a thousand men in
> it could hold ten thousand at bay, the whole army passed while Pope was
> watching with ridiculous intentness at the hole they had left. This
> movement, which Pope so discreditably permitted, carried them upon our
> unprotected rear and within sight of Washington.
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