McNeill and his Rangers.
Capt. John Hanson McNEILL
, whose name was one of the most famous in the Upper Potomac region during the war, was born in the vicinity of Moorefield, Hardy county
, in 1815.
The family was established in the valley of the South Branch
by his grandfather, Daniel McNeill
, who immigrated from Pennsylvania
about the close of the Indian
border war in Virginia
In January, 1837, he married Jemima Harness Cunningham
, and a year later removed to the vicinity of Paris, Ky.
, where he resided six years, occupying himself with stock-raising, and becoming a Knight Templar in the Masonic order.
He then, on account of his wife's health, spent four years in his native State, after which he removed to Boone county, Mo.
, where he was active in the organization of agricultural associations, and was prominent in their meetings.
After six years in Boone
, he settled in Daviess county
, his home at the beginning of trouble in 1861.
In this county he was a local minister of the Methodist church.
In politics he was an ardent ‘Union man,’ opposed to war, but in case there should be war, determined to fight for the South
He raised a company of cavalry under Governor Jackson
's call for volunteers to defend the State
, and being mustered into service with his men June 14, 1861, joined the command of General Slack
, which, after a skirmish with Lyon
, made a junction with Jackson
and fought the battle of Carthage
, July 5th.
After the defeat of the enemy Captain McNeill
harassed their rear, taking several prisoners and making the first capture of a baggage wagon in Missouri
He participated in the fierce battle