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[Fwd: MIL: What the Rebels Think of It (Antietam #3)]

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  • Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 11, 2002
      > 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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