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The Memoirs Of Colonel John S. Mosby

by John Singleton Mosby, Ed. By Charles Wells Russel

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The story of the activity of this flamboyant commander and his men from his own perspective.

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"No other figure of the Civil War became during his lifetime such a storybook legend as Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the audacious and resourceful Confederate soldier who, operating in sight of the Capitol dome with a handful of undisciplined guerrillas, performed prodigies in breaking up Union communications and capturing or putting to flight detachments of Union troops that were often far larger than his own."--Edmund Wilson, Patriotic Gore

"Since the close of the war, I have come to know Colonel Mosby personally, and somewhat intimately. . . .There were probably but few men in the South who could have commanded successfully a separate detachment, in the rear of an opposing army and so near the border of hostilities, as long as he did without losing his entire command."--Ulysses S. Grant

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JOHN SINGLETON MOSBY (1833-1916) was born in Powhatan County, Virginia, and grew up on a farm near Charlottesville in the Virginia Piedmont. After studying at the University of Virginia, and reading law while serving a jail sentence for shooting a fellow student, he was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1854. In the election of 1860 he was a Douglas Democrat and a supporter of the Union, but upon the secession of Virginia he entered the Confederate military service under cavalry Colonel J.E.B. Stuart. With the consent of Stuart and R.E. Lee he subsequently formed an independent cavalry unit which operated behind Union lines in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, which region became known as "Mosby's Confederacy." The history of his war experiences in found in the Memoirs, finished near the end of his life and published in 1917. Always of an individualist temperament, Mosby became a friend of Ulysses Grant after the War, and a Republican. He had several U.S. Government posts, including a consulship in Hong Kong. He died in Washington, D.C. in 1916.



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