|GREENBRIER CAVALRY COMPANIES
The Early Days
|"Jenkins Guards", the Greenbrier Cavalry No.1, Captain Robert B. Moorman, organized May 23, 1861. Benjamin Eakles served as Lieutenant. Eli and Jacob Jr. Amick joined the Greenbrier Cavalry, Jenkins Guards. They served in Greenbrier County and were ordered to join General Garnett at Laurel Hill, as his escort. On June 1, 1861, Calvin Renick with five other men, all of the Greenbrier Cavalry, fired on Union pickets at Fairfax, killing one yankee, the first U.S. soldier killed in the Civil War. With victories at Rich Mountain and Garnetts death at Carrick's Ferry, the yankees secured the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. The attention of both armies now turned to the Lewisburg Turnpike.
The Greenbrier Cavalry was ordered to Lewisburg and Sewell Mountain. Moorman's Company is reported by Major Andrews as one of the companies that fired on them when they captured Eli Amick, the notorious bushwhacker, and his cousin Noah Propst, near the junction of the Wilderness Road and Lewisburg Turnpike in December.
|Mounted Riflemen- 4th Virginia Cavalry|
|Although the CSA disbanded the Greenbrier Cavalry (Staunton Spectator) in late November due to the soldiers suffering severely at Laurel Hill and covering the retreat to Monterey, the company continued to operate, as reported in action during the Greenbrier Raid of yankee Major Andrews, December 15-20, 1861. The soldiers re-organized during the winter of 1862 as the short summer enlistements expired, and formed companies in the new 14th Regiment, recognized as Company D, 14th Virginia Cavalry. Jenkin's Cavalry Brigade led the Confederate Army from Chambersburg to Gettysburg ("Early's Cavalry"), and Eli Amick was killed in action during a cavalry charge near Caldonia Iron Works, June 23, 1863.|
|"Greenbrier Swifts", the Greenbrier Cavalry No. 2. Known as Company A, Captain Benjamin Eakle. Promoted to Captain and later to Major, Eakles would lead four companies of the 14th Virginia to Rummels Barn, Gettysburg. Also, Captain Alpheus McClung, later wounded at Droop Mountain. As the Greenbrier Cavalry No. 1 grew with volunteers, a second company emerged. Jacob Amick, Sr. was in Eakles Company in 1862. Many of the volunteers were previous soldiers in Greenbrier No.1, which reorganized during the winter of 1862. Company A served with General Loring in the Kanawha Campaign, and was the first company to enter Charleston and pursued the "Doodles" to Ravenswood. Greenbrier Swifts were recognized as Company K, 14th Virginia Cavalry, January 22, 1862.|
|"Whites Mounted Riflemen", Lewisburg. Captain Moorman White was owner of the Lewisburg Hotel, and served as First Sergeant of the Greenbrier Cavalry. The Mounted Riflemen were mostly from Greenbrier County and recognized as Company A, 14th Virginia Cavalry on April 21, 1862, became Co. A, 36th Battn, Nov.20, 1862|
|William Renick Hodge: Co I, Churchville Cavalry,
Enl: 4/19/61 detached 4/62, Captured: Dec 26, 1862
|Echoes of Glory|
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|First To Die|