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Name: Andrew Jackson BlevinsRank: Private Company: H

Name: Andrew J Blevins Residence: Wise County, Virginia Occupation: Farm Hand Age at enlistment: 22 Enlistment Date: 6 Mar 1861 Rank at enlistment: Private Enlistment Place: Wise County, VA State Served: Virginia Service Record: Enlisted in Company H, Virginia 50th Infantry Regiment on 03 Jun 1861. Birth Date: abt 1839 Sources: The Virginia Regimental Histories Series [ Between Brothers pp. 39-40 Andrew Jackson Blevins Private, Company H, 50th Regiment VA Infantry, Floyd's Brigade, enlisted at Wise Courthouse, March 6, 1861, Private, age 22. Sick at the hospital in White Sulphur Springs, WV. September 10, 1861 through November 1, 1861. He was listed as a farm hand, age 21, in the 1860 Wise Co census. His father, Linkhorn, served in the county militia and his brother, George Washington, served in the Confederate Army. Just prior to the surrender Andrew J developed pleurisy and due to lack of medical treatment, it ate a hole in his side and he was given a furlough until his health improved. He returned to his home in the Glades of Wise County and the treatment of loved hands and rest from the worries of war worked wonders, and he was soon able to go around again. At that time, Wise county had a bunch of Home Guards and many of the members of the Guard were hiding out to keep from entering the service, and some had deserted and was also using the name of the Guard to cover their stealing and many other crimes. A fellow by the name of Mack Jessee was a member of this guard and he approached Blevins one day and told him that he would have to return to the War. 'No, not in the condition I am in now', Blevins answered. 'Well, then why don't you join the Home Guard with us, then?' he asked. Blevins replied that if he joined anything it would not be a bunch of horse thieves and robbers. However Blevins became alarmed or afraid of the Home Guard and hid out around the Glades, only coming home at night or when a safe chance presented itself. At this time among the Home Guards was two men by the name of John Bickley and _____ Minnifee. It was agreed that they would kill Blevins and in return they were to get a chicken pie for dinner from the Home Guards. Early one Sunday morning after Lee had surrendered and peace had been made, Blevins left his hiding place and went home. Eli Bond, a friend of Blevins' went to the home of Blevins and asked him to go home with him and write a letter for him to a friend in the Confederacy. Bond lived at the site where the Yellow Creek Bridge is East of Wise and when the two friends got to the home and shortly after their letter was begun, the womenfolk called that the Guard were coming. Bond and Blevins hurried out the back and started to run up the old Hurricane Road. In the race Blevins was shot down and the guard passed him up trying to catch Bond, who eventually escaped through the Glades and made his get away. When returning back down the road Minifee tried to make his horse trample Blevins who was still yet alive though mortally wounded. The horse each time would jump over the man and Minifee dismounted and shot the wounded man through the head. Minifee and Bickley knew they would be apprehended for this crime so they started riding toward Guest Station to make their getaway and while passing this place they killed John Newberry who was attending the funeral of his mother. Sometime later Bickley was passing back through this section and sent a woman ahead to warn him of danger. The authorities got word of this, captured the woman and forced her to tell what time he would be through. He was to pass that night and Lieutenant Cyphers rounded up a bunch of citizens and captured him. He was taken then on Sunday morning to the spot near Yellow Creek Bridge where Blevins was killed and again the stillness of the Sabbath morning was punctuated by the crack of a rifle and another life passed over. He was buried in the old cemetery opposite the Wise Primitive Baptist Church on the Highway leading south from Wise. Minifee was not captured by the authorities of this county. This story was told to George Blevins of Wise by an old woman who remembered it distinctly and the foregoing was related by George Blevins. Andrew was born 1839 in Russell County, VA, son of Langhorn and Sarah (Belcher) Blevins. He is probably buried in the Blevins Cemetery, Wise, Wise Co, VA. ~Sharon ROBINSON Peel ]

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