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Amick's Rangers
History of Company A
Amicks Independent Scouts
A Family in the Fight
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In Fall of 1861 the Union forces combined and confronted the rascal rebels at Sewell Mountain. General Lee entrenched all his forces here, the combined commands of Generals Wise, Floyd, Loring, Beckley, and Chapman.
Perry Amick was captured at his home by the yankees and sent to prison.  Eli Amick, the notorious bushwhacker, with his cousin Noah Propst were captured in Yankee Raids into Greenbrier during December.
Yankee Raiders Approach
Dec. 15, 1861
Yankee Raiders Approach
Dec. 15, 1861
The winter of 1862 came early and military operations around Sewell Mountain froze.  "Tiger John" McClausland, with James P. Amick had left with General Floyd's Brigade for the Ohio River and Ft. Donaldson.  February 15, the 36th Virginia Infantry and "Tiger John" escaped Ft. Donaldson, and at daylight, boarded steamboats for Nashville, and James P. Amick returned to the Kanawha.
Nicholas Emmick had land along the Ohio River in Kentucky. His children, our Copperhead cousins, George and Jacob, were steamboat pilots at Emmick's Landing.   Jacob's son, also named George Emmick, served in Company D, 1st Kentucky Cavalry, of the "Orphan Brigade".  George died of disease at Glasgow, Ky. 

Arthur Amick homesteaded across the river in Indiana and also changed the spelling of his last name to "Emmick".
Henry Amick, Eli, and Perry Amick were paroled in March, Henry was also captured in raids last winter.  With the Partisan Ranger Act, groups of bushwhackers, including Amicks, enlisted into the Confederate Army and organized as Rangers, and violence continued throughout Wirt, Webster, Fayette, Nicholas, and Greenbrier counties.
Summer of 1862 was hot. Confederate General Loring formed the Army of the Kanawha to counter-attack and retake Charleston.  Now organized, mountain families from all directions joined the juggernaut moving towards the Union soldiers occuping the city. 

Jenkin's Ohio Campaign swept the lower Kanawha Valley like a mountain storm.  During September, 1862, after numerous battles, the victorious mountain soldiers organized into battalions and regiments, some Amicks joined at the CSA camp at Sissonville.
"Little John" Walker Amick had already organized his independent scouts, the Kanawha Scouts with Captain Bumgarner, later known as Company A,  "A" for Amick.  After "Big John" Amick was shot, John Halstead led the Nicholas County party of scouts after his parole. The Fayette County party of scouts was led by Samuel Tyree, son of Francis, and first to organize a ranger company.  Joseph McClung organized a scouting party in Greenbrier.  "Little John" became commander of all the guerrilla forces scouting and guarding Sewell Mountain and the Wilderness Districts.  Amicks had enlisted in the Scouts in Lewisburg and Fayetteville in 1861 and 1862, and other Amicks in other companies were also detailed to the Scouts.....con't. pg 3
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