Charles W. Mackey, Co. C, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

Charles W. Mackey
History of Venango County, Pennsylvania.

Captain Charles Willian Mackey, 76, died unexpectedly at 3:40 pm Friday at the Hotel Bartlett in Cambridge Springs, death due to heart trouble. He was born Nov. 9, 1840 in Franklin, a son of Charles Washington and Julia Ann Fagundus Mackey.

He had been at Cambridge Springs several days. On Thursday morning he complained of a pain in his chest and consulted a physician. He kept to his rooms that day, but was able to smoke and chat with friends. When he did not improve, another physician was called in for consultation in the evening. Captain Mackey had a chill early Friday morning, and when a physician examined him, discovered symptoms of pneumonia. John C. Rider, a friend and formerly of Franklin, asking his to advise the family. C. F. Mackey received the telephone message from Rider, and asked for a nurse to be sent from Meadville, then he departed for Cambridge Springs on the next train, at 1:23 pm. Due to a delay at Meadville, he did not reach his father’s bedside until 10 minutes after he died.

He acquired a good education in the common schools, at the Venango Academy, and under private instruction of Prof. William Burgwin. He began his active life as a printer, and published a newspaper while a lad. At the age of 18 he began studying law under his brother-in-law, Charles E. Taylor, who later became president just of Venango County, but he suspended studied to enter the Army when the Civil War began.

Shortly after Fort Sumter was fired on, he and others recruited the first company in Venango County, called the “Venango Grays,” which became Company C, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. He entered the service May 6, 1861, as first lieutenant of his company, and they entered active service at Baltimore and Washington. From August to November he was detached on recruiting duty in Pennsylvania. Later he was attached to McCall’s division, Army of the Potomac, until March 1862, and was detached as ordnance officer on the staff of general E. O. C. Ord. He participated in many engagements and operations, including those at Drainesville, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gains Hill, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, and Gettysburg. He was honorably discharged July 1, 1863, and later accepted the appointment of special agent of the treasury from Secretary Chase, assigned to the area of Eastern Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, from which he resigned August 1, 1865.

He returned home, was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar August 29, 1965, and to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and other states, and to the Supreme Court of the United States Dec. 5, 1875. He became a member of the law firm of Taylor & Gilfillan in Franklin, and achieved a high rank at the bar. He made corporation law his specialty, becoming general solicitor of various railroads and corporations. He organized many corporations, was a staunch Republican, was a Republican candidate for Congress in the 27th district in 1884 and 1886, but was defeated. He belonged to many organizations, was senior member of the law firm Mackey, Forbes & Hughes, which later became Mackey & Hughes, served several terms on the city council, and one term as mayor. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

On May 9, 1867, he married Lauretta Barnes Fay, daughter of Cyrus Paige and Myra Barnes Fay of Columbus, OH, who died a few weeks ago. Surviving are children Mrs. E. E. Hughes, C. F. Mackey, Mrs. J. T. Campbell Jr., all of Franklin, Mrs. Cyrus C. Osbourne of Havana, Cuba, and Mrs. Karl Emmerling of Pittsburgh. Deceased is a son, William C., who died in Hong-Kong, China, Jan. 14 1912.

Services will be at 2:30 pm Sunday at his church. Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery.

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