McNeill, John Hanson

John Hanson McNeill was from western Virginia (present day West Virginia) and led a Confederate ranger unit during the Civil War. McNeill's rangers were in the vicinity of Carlisle during the Gettysburg campaign but they returned to Virginia before the battle began with valuable sheep, cattle and horses.
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Full name
John Hanson McNeil
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
South
Origins
Slave State
No. of Children
5
Family
Strother McNeill (father), Amy Pugh (mother), Jemima Harness Cunningham (wife), Jesse McNeil (son)
Occupation
Military
Farmer or Planter
Clergy
Relation to Slavery
Slaveholder
Church or Religious Denomination
Methodist
Military
Confederate Army

John Hanson McNeil (American National Biography)

Scholarship
With the failure of [Confederate general Sterling] Price's conventional campaign to win Missouri, McNeill turned his attention to unconventional means to win Confederate independence. Along with his son Jesse, he made his way across the country back to their ancestral home in Hardy County, Virginia, in July 1862 with the outline of a plan to wage guerrilla war against the Union. Under the terms of the Confederate Congress's Partisan Ranger Act of 28 April 1862, McNeill and a number of other officers were authorized to raise independent commands to raid Union army supply trains and pocket the proceeds. From August 1862 until March 1863 McNeill and his band, recruited from Hardy County, operated under the overall command of Colonel John Imboden, engaging in a series of minor raids that infuriated local Union commanders and eventually provoked stern countermeasures.
James K. Hogue, "McNeill, John Hanson," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/04/04-00692.html.
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