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Amick's Rangers
SCOUTS OF THE WILDERNESS
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AMICK'S INDEPENDENT SCOUTS
Company A
Led by
Captain John Walker Amick

Also known as:
Amick's Partisan Rangers
Kanawha Scouts,
Amick's Company of Scouts,
44th Virginia Cavalry Battalion,
Thurmond's Partisan Ranger Battalion,
Hounshell's Battalion of Virginia Cavalry,
Amick's Independent Battalion
Carnifex Ferry
In memory of all our Amick soldiers in various regiments of the Army of Western Virginia.
General Lee's Lost Regiments of the Wilderness

The Black Powder Rebels of the Confederate Nitre Works
and their
War in the Wilderness
In summer of 1861, Amick rangers of the Kanawha Volunteers, Colonel Tompkins, and also with the Greenbrier Cavalry of Colonel Jackson, were among the first to fight.  Our ancestors fought to protect their families and homesteads around Sewell Mountain, west Virginia. 

General Wise arrived bragging, re-organized the mountain volunteer soldiers, and then beat a hasty retreat back to Lewisburg when Ohio yankees advanced up the Kanawha. Disorganized and wet from the non-stop rains, Amick volunteers were ordered to retreat past their homes as General Wise and his Legion fled back to Lewisburg. 

While Confederate Generals Loring, Wise, and Floyd continued their fueds in these wild mountains of Virginia, Lt. Colonel Jackson and Lt. Colonel Finney were helping General Davis organize his secret nitre works. The local caves were bountiful with nitre essential for gun powder.  Lt. Colonel Massie and Major Hounshell met at the Walker House, Cross Lanes, to discuss formation of a new regiment to protect the infant niter works of the Confederacy.

Although the mountain rangers were victorious at Carnifex and stopped the yankee advance, Floyd retreated to Lewisburg on the Lewisburg-Kanawha Turnpike, known since Jefferson as the "Old Saltpetre Route".  The niter works and their bounty for black powder so desperately needed by the Confederacy were in risk of discovery and capture.

General Lee came to referee his generals, and General Davis, trusted cousin of Jefferson Davis, privately reported to Lee the progress being made at the nitre works.

Finney was down with typoid and Wise was sent back to Richmond. The invading yankee vagabonds arrested Perry Amick.  Big John was shot.  And in December, Henry and notorious bushwhacker Eli Amick were captured. The guardian soldiers, their fidelity unshaken even in the face of their foe's muskets, continued their secret assignment to protect the nitre works at Gun Powder Ridge, and in the confusion of the 1861 Wilderness Campaign, became forgotten regiments......
General Robert E. Lee Tree
Sewell Mountain

Where Lee Met Traveller
"First Jackson, Then Lee"
The Lost Regiments of the Wilderness
General Floyd's "Third Regiment" and "First Battalion"


....later assigned to the forgotten
Army of Western Virginia
when commanded by Major General John Breckenridge
Today, we are a Living History Group portraying our Amick ancestor's struggles as soldiers in the Army of Western Virginia.  As a family, we have been participating in reenactments since 1984, though usually as cannoneers with our two howitzers.  Past experiences include movies Glory & Gettysburg, and the reenactments 125, 130, 135th Gettysburg & Shiloh, as well as other living history battles around the country.  We are members of Washington Civil War Association and brigaded with Stanfordís Battery.  With numerous Confederate soldier ancestors, we are also members of Sons of Confederate Veterans.
A collaborative and extensive Emig-Amick-Emmick Genealogy available.  We respect internet privacy. Seeking soldier stories.
Thank You, to those who shared Amick soldier stories.

UPDATED: Aug. 8, '07
: Biographies: J. A. BrownMemoirs of a Confederate Soldier (22nd Va. Inf)
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