McNeill’s Rangers were quite effective and soon became the scourge of the union. In April of 1863, the rangers raided a union camp and captured 12 soldiers, five wagons, and 25 horses. Supplying the Confederates with food was an important job. The Northern blockades had stopped shipment of goods to the South, and many of the Confederate soldiers lived in near starvation conditions. McNeill and his rangers were literally keeping the army fed and alive. McNeill and his rangers continued capturing soldiers, animals, and weapons for the Confederacy until November of 1864. At that time McNeill died of wounds suffered in a raid.