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At 3 a.m. on February 21, 1865, a band of 65 Confederate horsemen slowly made its way down Greene Street in Cumberland, Maryland. Thinking the riders were disguised Union scouts, the few Union soldiers out that bitterly cold morning paid little attention to them. In the meantime, over 3,500 Yankee soldiers peacefully slept.

Within thirty minutes McNeill’s Rangers had kidnapped Union generals George Crook and Benjamin Kelley from their hotels and spirited them out of town. Despite a determined effort by Union pursuers to intercept the kidnappers, the Rangers reached safety deep in the South Fork River Valley, over fifty miles away. Not long afterward, the generals were shipped to Richmond’s Libby Prison. Southern general John B. Gordon later called the mission “one of the most thrilling incidents of the war.”

In September 1862, John Hanson McNeill recruited a company of troopers for Col. John D. Imboden’s 1st Virginia Partisan Rangers. In early 1863, Imboden took most of his men into the regular army, but McNeill and his son Jesse offered their men an opportunity to continue in independent service; seventeen soldiers joined them. In the coming months, other young hotspurs enlisted in McNeill’s Rangers. Operating mostly in the Potomac Highlands of what is now eastern West Virginia, the Rangers bedeviled the Union troops guarding the B&O Railroad line. Favoring American Indian battle tactics, they ambushed patrols, attacked wagon trains, and heavily damaged railroad property and rolling stock.

Phantoms of the South Fork is the thrilling result of Steve French’s carefully researched study of primary source material, including diaries, memoirs, letters, and period newspaper articles. Additionally, he traveled throughout West Virginia, western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Shenandoah Valley following the trail of Captain McNeill and his “Phantoms of the South Fork.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Prologue: Partisan Rangers
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. The Missouri State Guard
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2. 1st Virginia Partisan Rangers
  2. pp. 7-18
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  1. 3. Early Exploits
  2. pp. 19-26
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  1. 4. Capture of a Hay Train
  2. pp. 27-31
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  1. 5. The Jones-Imboden Raid
  2. pp. 32-42
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  1. 6. The Gettysburg Campaign
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. 7. Fight in a Graveyard
  2. pp. 57-65
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  1. 8. The Charlestown Raid and a Wagon Train Fight
  2. pp. 66-76
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  1. 9. Trouble with Rosser
  2. pp. 77-89
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  1. 10. Bloomington and Piedmont
  2. pp. 90-104
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  1. 11. The Timber Ridge Fight
  2. pp. 105-110
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  1. 12. Johnson’s Run and Springfield
  2. pp. 111-117
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  1. 13. To the Gates of Washington
  2. pp. 118-125
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  1. 14. Helping McCausland
  2. pp. 126-136
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  1. 15. Meems Bottom
  2. pp. 137-146
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  1. 16. Kelley’s Tigers
  2. pp. 147-153
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  1. 17. Old Maid’s Lane
  2. pp. 154-165
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  1. 18. Punishing the Swamp Dragons
  2. pp. 166-173
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  1. 19. Capture of a Cavalier
  2. pp. 174-182
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  1. 20. The Kidnapping of the Generals
  2. pp. 183-194
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  1. 21. The Getaway
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. 22. The Baker Place Fight and a Train Robbery
  2. pp. 205-213
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  1. 23. End of the Line
  2. pp. 214-219
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  1. Epilogue: After the War
  2. pp. 220-223
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  1. Appendix: Duffey’s Tribute
  2. pp. 224-225
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  1. Note
  2. pp. 226-267
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 268-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781631012662
Related ISBN
9781606353097
MARC Record
OCLC
988028100
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2017-09-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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