December 15 1862- Dr. Macgill released
Justice is Slow but Sure
Just Out: fellow townsman, Dr. Charles Macgill, who, for his political opinions, has been an exile from family and friends, occupying, for fourteen months past, a cell in the Government Bastile, in Boston Harbor, having been unconditionally released, returned to his home on Tuesday evening last. In another column will be found the order of discharge with other interesting particulars.
A large number of the Doctor’s friends, upon his arrival home, called to pay their respects, and tender their congratulations upon his release and his final triumph over the cravens, who, in their fancied security from detection and exposure, were the instruments of his, now acknowledged, unmerited and iniquitous incarceration. On his appearance in public on the following day it was disgusting to witness the homage offered him by the snivelling sycophants who, in his absence, were his defamers; and refreshing to see the indignant manner in which their hypocritical and obsequious advances were repulsed.
This opening of the portals of the Bastile, and sending forth its prisoners without trial, is another humiliating surrender on the part of the Government. It is an acknowledgment of the damnable tyranny which has been long exercised over the people by those in power— an evidence of the wrongs which have been inflicted, in the name of the Union, by a party whose every action have been to subvert it. It is but the first installment of the Reforms demanded by an outraged people—the echo of the thunders which pealed from the ballot-box a month since—the dawn of the better day coming, when reason and justice shall resume her sway.
Maryland Free Press
Washington County Free Library
Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865