Week of Oct 16 1861, Editor of the Mail released
Daniel Dechert, editor of the Mail, has been released by the Government, and returned to his home on Saturday evening last after an absence of some six weeks.
The Baltimore Sun states that the Government offered Dr. Macgill his liberty, provided he would take the oath of allegiance, but that he refused to do so, and remains in its custody at Fort Lafayette.
Herald of Freedom & Torch Light
Dr. Charles Macgill was born on July 12, 1806, in Baltimore, Maryland. Trained as a medical
doctor in Maryland, Charles Macgill began his practice in Hagerstown, Maryland, with his
brother, William D. Macgill. In 1828, Macgill relocated to Martinsburg, Virginia, and married Mary Ragan one year later. He returned to Hagerstown in 1833 and assisted with the formation of the Hagerstown Mail.
Prior to the Civil War, Macgill was commissioned a colonel in the 24th
Maryland Militia. He later became a Major General of the Maryland Militia, Fourth Division.
Macgill was arrested in 1861 and later imprisoned at Fort McHenry, Fort Lafayette, and Fort
Warren. According to his obituary, he refused to take the oath of allegiance, so he remained in
prison until 1862. One year later, he established a military hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland, and was later commissioned a surgeon. Charles Macgill died in Richmond, Virginia, on May 5, 1881. (Museum of the Confederacy, now the American Civil War Museum)
More on the Macgill family can be found at The Macgill-McGill family of Maryland; a genealogical record of over 400 years beginning 1537, ending 1948
Washington County Free Library
Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865