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John S. Mosby Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS134

A handwritten, seventeen page, unpublished manuscript titled "Longstreet and Stuart" was written in 1896 by John S. Mosby, a Confederate officer in the Civil War. In it, Mosby defends Stuart against criticism of General James Longstreet, after Longstreet published the book "From Manassas to Appomattox."

Also included in the papers are published chapters from Munsey's Magazine entitled "Recollections of a Mosby Guerilla" dated 1904 written by John W. Munson, a member of Mosby's Rangers.

Dates

  • 1896-1904

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

0.50 Linear feet

Overview

An unpublished manuscript by John S. Mosby, a Confederate officer in the Civil War. Also, several chapters from Munsey's Magazine entitled "Recollections of a Mosby Guerilla" dated 1904 written by John W. Munson, a member of Mosby's Rangers.

Summary Biography

John S. Mosby, 1833-1916, was a Confederate officer who served with General J.E.B. Stuart. As commander of the 43rd Battalion, 1st Virginia Cavalry, he was known as the "Gray Ghost," for his ability to evade Union troops.  Mosby's Rangers, as they were known, dominated the area of North Central Virginia where they operated.  After the war, he continued to practice law, and served as U.S. consul to Hong Kong and in the U.S. Department of Justice.  He remained fiercely loyal to Stuart but also developed a friendship with his former enemy, Ulysses S. Grant.

Detailed Biography

John S. Mosby, 1833-1916, was born in Virginia and became a lawyer. In 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate cavalry participating in the Bull Run campaign. He later served with General J.E.B. Stuart, and enjoyed great success as a scout, eventually being promoted to the rank of Colonel near war's end. As commander of the 43rd Battalion, 1st Virginia Cavalry, he was known as the "Gray Ghost," for his ability to evade Union troops.  Mosby's Rangers, as they were known, dominated the area of North Central Virginia where they operated.  After the war, he returned to practice the law, becoming assistant attorney for the Department of Justice. In 1887 he published Mosby's War Reminscences and Stuart's Cavalry Campaigns; and in 1908, Stuart's Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaigns.

Physical Location

Vault BC 3

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. and Mrs. Louis Levy on July 25, 1975.
Title
Guide to the John S. Mosby Collection
Author
Compiled by Lisa Pena
Date
2014

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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