Thursday, March 23, 2017

Charles Dallas Maguire 1844-1912 Prisoner at Andersonville


George Dallas Maguire, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Maguire, was born in Crawford county, Illinois September 17, 1844. He died at his home in Lawrence county February 22, 1912 at the age of 67 years four months and 15 days. He united with the Christian Church on Allison Prairie about the year 1870, and later transferred his membership to the Christian church at Bethany near his home where he continued a faithful member and serving as a deacon the past three years.

He was married to Mary Dooley September 30, 1865. Two children were born to them, Joseph Maguire and Mrs. Z. Mathis both of whom survive him. The wife, dying in December, he was again married December 22, 1881 to Alice Mathis who survives him. In July 1861 at the age of 16 years he enlisted in the Army and served his country as a soldier until the close of the war serving 65 days in Andersonville prison.

Article about his capture:

ARGUS AUG 11, 1864
THE CASUALTIES in the 30th Regiment-Various conflicting rumors have been in circulation of several days past that the boys of Co. D, 30th regiment, from this county, had all been either killed, wounded or taken prisoner. By a letter just received from Serg't B.F. Boring we regret to learn that it is, in the main true. The company went into the fight with 2 commissioned officers and 21 men, and came out with the following losses:
1st Lieut Isaac Mann, prisoner
2nd Serg't R.M. Longnecker, prisoner
2nd corporal Aaron McIlwee, prisoner
Harvey Brush (Bush), prisoner
Daniel O. Beers, killed
John C. Dyer, prisoner
John A. Floyd, killed
Joseph Kent, wounded severely in the left arm
Benj. N. Longnecker, prisoner
G.D. McGuire, prisoner (George Dallas Maguire)
W.F. McGee, prisoner
F.W. Thomas, prisoner
James H. Wright, prisoner
S.B. Patterson (drummer) killed

PERSONAL NOTE from the researcher D Foote: 
It is hard to imagine how family learned about the deaths and captures of loved ones during that period of time. Today we have so many ways to communicate instantly. How hard it must have been to await information after hearing of large battles and wondering what had happened to your loved ones. In Palestine, there was a water well on the corner of  Main Street where the postal clerk or the owner of the hardware store stood and read aloud these newspaper accounts. I can envision this happening in nearly every village.