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Mosby's Memoirs (Southern Classics Series) Paperback – June 13, 1995
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Colonel John S. Mosby was one of the Confederacy's most effective and colorful cavalry leaders. Operating in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mosby's independent command waged guerrilla war behind Federal lines in what came to be called "Mosby's Confederacy". Mosby's Memoirs were written toward the end of his life and were published posthumously in 1917.
About the Author
John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) studied at the University of Virginia and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1854. Upon the secession of Virginia he entered the Confederate military service and subsequently formed an independent cavalry unit which operated behind Union lines in a region that came to be known as “Mosby's Confederacy.” After the war, Mosby held several U.S. Government posts, including a consulship in Hong Kong.
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Later in the war, he took a small group of men and established what was essentially a guerilla force composed of regular troops, behind the Union lines. He operated in Fairfax County Virginia, and went over to the Shenandoah Valley, to the west and to Alexandria and Arlington to the east. He recruited men for his force, and eventually it became perhaps two to three hundred men. His men were mounted as cavalry, and used captured pistols only, no sabers or carbines, which was unusual for cavalry of the era, or any era. He captured many Union men, as well as guns, horses, mules and cattle. He equipped his own force and sent the excess to Lee who at the time was pinned up outside Richmond and Petersburg by Grant and the Union Army. He was a very effective leader, and kept the union army and the politicians in Washington in a tizzy on a regular basis with his raids. He tied down thousands of Union cavalry and other troops in the Washington area by his actions.
After the Civil War, he became a Republican and wanted the country to heal. He supported LtGeneral Grant when he became president as he considered that the right thing to do. Good biography of a very interesting man.