Re: 8th Va Cav Border Rangers
My family and civil war research states that all the companies in the 8th VA Cav, CSA were not called "Border Ranger".In May 1861 a company of southern men from Wayne Co.,VA (later WV)formed the "Big Sandy Rangers" to protect their homes and families from the feared Northern Invasion.It is believed the 8th VA Cav., CSA formed in December 1860 Cabell Co., VA (later WV).It is unclear exactly when the "Big Sandy Rangers" become obsorbed as a large part of Company "K" of the 8th VA Cav, CSA, but it is before the summer of 1861 as the South becomes more organized, and conventional regiments were forming.
I am related to Pvt. James Washington SMITH of the "Big Sandy Rangers" later Company "K" of the 8th VA Cav, CSA.
He enlists 28 May 1861 and dies from wounds received 3 Jan. 1863 Jonesville, VA.
I have never found photos of the "Big Sandy Rangers", but would love a copy, in any form, if someone has one.I worked as a Civil War Historian for the Nat'l Park Service years ago, so can exchange with information on how to search the offical records of The War, etc.