The most famous Civil War name in Northern Virginia, other than General Lee, belongs to Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost.
The most famous Civil War name in Northern Virginia, other than General Lee, belongs to Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost. His early life characterized by abuse of childhood bullies, a less-than-outstanding academic career, and even a brief incarceration, Mosby stands out among nearly one thousand generals who served in the war. Even though Mosby was opposed to secession, he joined the Confederate army as a private in Virginia, he quickly rose through the ranks and became celebrated for his raids that captured Union general Edwin Stoughton in Fairfax and Colonel Daniel French Dulany in Rose Hill. By 1864, he was a feared partisan guerrilla in the North and a nightmare for Union troops protecting Washington City. After the war, his support for presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant forced Mosby to leave his native Virginia for Hong Kong as U.S. consul. A mentor to young George S. Patton, Mosby's military legacy extended far beyond the War Between the States and into World War II. William S. Connery brings alive the many dimensions of this American hero.
About the Author
Fairfax County resident William Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians, the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table, the Sloop of War Constellation Museum and the E.A. Poe Society of Baltimore. His previous book, Civil War Northern Virginia 1861, was awarded the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal in June 2012.
Table of Contents
1 The Early Years: 1833-1860 15
2 Mosby Goes Off to War: 1861 21
3 A Year of Transition: 1862 29
4 Founding the Partisan Rangers: 1863 37
5 A Thorn in the Side of the Yankees: 1864 71
6 No Surrender for Mosby: 1865 105
7 Mosby's Postwar Years: August 1865-May 1916 117
Appendix I The Scout Toward Aldie, by Herman Melville 141
Appendix II Mosby's Recommendation from Jeb Stuart 143
Appendix III Appreciation of Mosby from The Photographic History of the Civil War 145
About the Author 159