Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hagerstonians in the Civil War
The Rebels MacGill
On September 30, 1861, Union troops came to his home to arrest him “on the authority of the Secretary of State”. Believing it a violation of his Constitutional rights, he pushed two Federal soldiers down the first steps of his home and his daughter attacked the soldiers with a buggy whip. A scuffle ensued in which his son was wounded by a saber cut to the neck.
MacGill was sent as a political prisoner to Fort Warren in Boston. There he befriended Confederate Major (later Brigadier General) Hiram Granbury, and arranged to have Granbury's young cancer-stricken wife transported to Hagerstown. In July, 1863, he opened a hospital for sick and wounded Confederate soldiers that arrived in the Gettysburg Campaign. He left with the Confederate army and served in the Confederate Medical Corps through the end of the War.
Four of his sons also served in the Confederate army: William, James and Davidge served as privates in Company C, of the 1st Maryland Cavalry.
Location. 39° 38.463′ N, 77° 43.272′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on South Potomac Street (Maryland Route 65 Frontage Road), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 South Potomac Avenue, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Hose Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Confederate Incursion North of the Potomac River (within shouting distance of this marker); Retreat from Gettysburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Journey Transports Us Through Time (about 400 feet away); A City Divided (about 500 feet away); Hagerstown Ransomed (about 500 feet away); The Ransom of Hagerstown Hagerstonians in the Civil War (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on January 28, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.