ROBERT P. DOUGLAS
Robert Douglas was a private in Company E of the 155th Pennsylvania and suffered the misfortune of being captured by the enemy after he was left behind by his army to care for wounded soldiers that could not be removed from the field in the Federal retreat from Chancellorsville. Later paroled and exchanged, Douglas survived the war to embark on a fruitful career as manager of the Eliza Furnace Works in Pittsburgh. This article titled "In the Enemy's Lines After Chancellorsville" appeared in the history of his regiment, Under the Maltese Cross.
The writer's experience after the battle of Chancellorsville was a most unusual one. About the time the Fifth Corps crossed the Rappahannock at Kelly's Ford, Jacob Landsburger, of Company F, and the writer were detailed, by order of our Regimental Surgeon, Dr. Reed, acting surgeon in charge of the Second Division, Fifth Corps field hospital, for duty at that hospital. We were considered very fortunate in getting this detail, as we were relieved of our arms and the burden of our knapsacks, which were thrown into the ambulances and not seen again. Landsburger and the writer, after reporting, remained on duty with the Division hospital corps until the night of May 5th, when we were left, with other Union soldiers, to guard some of the wounded of both armies in an old saw-mill on the road from Chancellorsville to the United States Ford. The corps had been withdrawn across the Rappahannock, and we knew we were then outside our lines. In this field hospital, thus abandoned, there was a wounded Confederate Captain, two Lieutenants and twenty or more of their enlisted men, also wounded, and a few of our own wounded, unable to be moved. Orders came from headquarters of the Fifth Corps to allow none of the enemy's wounded to overhear, or to obtain any news from us of Hooker's retreat.
All that night we heard the retreating columns of our army marching