Indian wars and pioneers of Texas / by John Henry Brown. Page: 164 of 894
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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
has been entered into to show that all that could be
said in praise of the Macgill family is well deserved
and that indeed, thousands of ex-Confederates
have cause to remember them kindly, generally, and
Through an interview published in the Macon,
Ga., Daily Telegraph, of June 24th, 1894, Mr.
Chester Pearce, a leading citizen and politician of
Georgia, adds his quota of grateful recollections to
that of Capt. Oden. Mr. Pearce took part in the
battle of Sharpsburg as a soldier in the Eighteenth
Georgia, Hood's Texas Brigade; was shot entirely
through the body with a minnie ball; laid on the
field many hours, and was finally carried to
Hagerstown, Md., nine miles distant, where he
was placed in the hospital at the courthouse.
Here the doctors declined to dress his wound,
saying that it was useless as death would soon
come to relieve him of his suffering. For two
days he lingered in this miserable condition without
nourishment, no one even showing him the
kindness to bathe his face and hands. Then a
committee of ladies visited the hospital, among
them the daughters of Dr. Macgill.
"These daughters of Dr. Macgill," says the
interviewer, " ministering angels indeed, gave
guarantee bond for the return of the young soldier,
should he recover, and took him to their
elegant and palatial home. Here for the first
time he received medical attention, Dr. Chas.
Macgill, Jr., taking him in charge and dressing
his wounds. Miss Mollie Macgill, a beautiful
young lady, became his nurse. In two months'
time he was sufficiently recovered to go to Baltimore,
the military post. Here Mr. James Carroll,
a friend of Southern soldiers, gave guarantee bond
for his safe-keeping and he was finally exchanged.
He rejoined the Confederate army, took part in the
murderous charge of Round Top
at the battle of
Gettysburg; later was again captured by the Federals
and was sent by them to Fort Delaware; made
his escape, but was retaken and carried to Fort
Henry, where he was thrown into a dungeon with
the vilest of criminals and remained until exchanged.
He then again hurried to the front and fought in
the lines until he surrendered with the other soldiers
of Gen. Lee's army at Appomatox. * * * In
the course of years, Miss Mollie Macgill, who had
so tenderly nursed back to life the boy.soldier,
married a Mr. Rosenberg, a wealthy banker of Galveston,
Texas. There she met Mr. and Mrs. Dan
Henderson, of Camilla, Ga., and told them the
story of the young soldier she had nursed, and requested
them to discover his whereabouts, if
"Not long since Mr. Henderson read in the
Macon Telegraph, that a Chester Pearce was a candidate
for the legislature from Houston County.
Mrs. Rosenberg wrote to the candidate to know if
he could be the Chester Pearce whom she had
known in Maryland, sending her kindest regards,
and this was the letter that brought forth the ' war
record ' of Chester Pearce, -this was the letter of
which he so fondly spoke and that elicited from him
expressions of grateful remembrance, worthy of the
man and the kind friends who rescued him from an
In peace and war,
through all the vicissitudes
of time and circumstance, the Macgills
have been the same true, generous and chivalric
race. Mrs. Rosenberg's life has been spent in
an earnest, Christian effort to do all the good within
her power and to render all about her happy. She
has been a member of the Episcopal Church since
she was sixteen years of age. After her husband'
death, when it became known that his remains were
to find sepulture out of the State, she was petitioned
by thousands of people to allow them to be interred
in one of the public squares of Galveston. She,
however, carried out the wish expressed by him in
his lifetime and consigned them to earth in Loudon
park cemetery in Baltimore, Md., where his first
wife is buried and a costly monument now marks
the spot. Mrs. Rosenberg is a lady of rare brilliancy
and strength of mind. Her husband was
deeply attached to her. She was in full sympathy
with all his acts of beneficence and in every way
aided him to the full extent of her power in all his
undertakings. No lady in Galveston is more generally
admired and beloved.
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