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Mosby's Rangers Paperback – September 15, 1991
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I would warn others, though, that the lack of maps (Only one at the beginning of the book that charts all of Northern Virginia), can lead to confusion about the whereabouts of the Rangers, their adversaries, or allies, as well as the general positions of the people when in conflict. This is a let down to me since Wert included many maps in "Longstreet" to help transplant people to the Tennessee and Virginia battlefields, but I had to rely on my own knowledge of the area for Mosby's Rangers.
John Mosby - in Wert's own words - was the 'most lethal man' about whom the author had ever written and yet, Mosby's 'lethality' is not that of other 'notorious guerrillas and bushwhackers' who fought for the Confederacy, men like Quantrill, Anderson and Ferguson. Rather, his was constrained, premeditated and intellectual in nature; Mosby was no bestial monster who killed in the red rage of sectional hatred. As long as Union soldiers were fighting against him, Mosby - and his men - did not hesitate to kill - and they did it very well indeed! However, once a soldier or a command had surrendered, he immediately embraced that behavior considered honorable in wartime - so much so, in fact,that some of his best friends after the war were officers whom he had captured. Only in two instances did Mosby fight 'under the black flag' - that is, with no prisoners being taken. The first involved the understanding by Mosby's command that they were to kill all troops involved in the destruction of civilian property. The second occurred when Mosby was forced (very much against his will) to engage in retaliation for the hanging and shooting of six of his men at Front Royal and the later hanging of another of his men who had been captured. Mosby believed that unless he responded in kind ('measure for measure' as he himself said) his men would be treated as outlaws and not soldiers when captured.Read more ›
One-More accurately it is a story about the UNIT with an emphasize on Mosby and while there are some elements that could be considered part of a biography on John Mosby that's not the whole purpose of this book. So if you are looking for a biography there are probably better books you could pick.
Two-While I loved the book I can certainly see where some others may have a problem, it suffers from a big problem in some historical accounts of all times, namely it is dry and at times it rambles. That's fine by me I like blow-by-blow accounts of operations and battles but someone who is looking for something different might want to try something else.
Overall-This book is sort of a like it or hate it book. I happen to like it.
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Highly detailed and riveting account of Mosby and his Raider's!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Very detailed history of Mosby's Rangers with numerous source citations.Published 25 days ago by Charles Fegan
Currently living in Northern Virginia has afforded me the opportunity to visit many of the Civil War battlefields/monuments in Virginia. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Edward B.
A concise account of one of the most renowned units of the US Civil War, and certainly the most successful partisan unit of the South. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alphonse
Absolutely, without a doubt, the best book about John Singleton Mosby.Published on July 9, 2014 by Patj
Book in perfect condition and looks new. Excellent reading and easy to get transported to the age. Recommend to anyone interested in the civil war.Published on October 12, 2013 by Kindle Customer