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Amick's Rangers
Kanawha Regiments
Amicks, Kanawha Regiments, Army of Valley Mountain
John the Miller Amick had 6 sons that fought in the Kanawha infantry;  Arnold, James, Perry, Joseph, Asa, and John T.

John Nicholas Amick decendents Francis, Madison, John, and James also enlisted.  Amicks were serving as
scouts for General Wise and five Amicks scouted for the Mountain Cove Guards of Fayette County, organized in June 1861 as Company C, 22nd Virginia Infantry, previously of the 142nd Regiment Virginia Militia.  Arnold, Francis, Madison, and John A. Amick were frequently detailed by Colonel Tyree for scouting with the Rangers and James A. Amick was responsible for posting sentries at the Hawks Nest.
The 22nd Infantry served as the First Kanawha Regiment, with beloved Colonel Christopher Tompkins.

Twelve Tyrees also served in the 22nd.  First Sgt. Samuel Tyree, Co. C, organized a company of Partisan Rangers in 1863.  Samuel was also an original member of the Fayette Rangers led by his uncle, Captain William Tyree.  Capt. William Tyree was later elected captain of Company C, the Mountain Cove Guards, June 6, 1861.  Captain Philip Thurmond then led the Fayette Rangers.  Lt. Woodson Tyree, Co. C, was wounded at Droop Mountain and retired in Thurmond, WV.  George S. Patton later commanded the 22nd.  (Kanawha Riflemen)
Asa Amick, and John of Jacob Amick, were assigned to Floyd's Third Regiment at Gauley, Finney's Battalion, later Hefner's Co. E, Scouts and Guides, Edgar's 26th Infantry Battalion.  Both were frequently detailed for scouting to the Rangers.  Asa's brother, scout John T. Amick, was murdered at his home, October 1861 by the yankees.
James and Perry Amick joined the Mountain Riflemen, Nicholas County, of the Second Kanawha Regiment, Company F, 36th Virginia Infantry, and commanded by "Tiger" John McClausland.  Perry was captured at his home in September and sent to Camp Chase.
Joseph McDermott Amick enlisted at Gauley Bridge June 26 by B.H. Jones, Third Reg’t Infantry, Wise Brigade, organized as Third Kanawha Regiment, later Co. C, 60th Regiment. (Dixie Rifles)
Two brigades, 2100 men, of Virginia Militia were at Sewell Mtn. in fall of 1861 to stop the yankee invasion.  The 19th Brigade of General Chapman and the 27th Brigade, General Alfred Beckley, were combined in late August by General Lee to form the new 35th Regiment, but failed to organize and muster because the men joined the Kanawha volunteer regiments instead of militia and Gen. Beckley arrested. From Camp Allegheny, the Army of Valley Mountain with General Loring also arrived and made its stand.
Veterans would recall the physical hardships endured in the mountain campaigns of 1861 as the worst of the war.  Cold rains had turned the roads to bottomless mudholes and froze the men. The following by Walter Taylor, aide-de-camp to Robert E. Lee, typifies the west Virginia mountain campaigns;

"In subsequent campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia the troops were subject to great privations and to many severe trials- in hunger often; their nakedness scarcely concealed; strength at times almost exhausted
but never did I experience the same heart-sinking emotions as when contemplating the wan faces and emaciated forms of those hungry, sickly, shivering men of the Army of Valley Mountain."
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