MOSBY'S RANGERS A Record of the Operations of the Forty-Third Battalion Virginia Cavalry, from Its Organization To the Surrender
by Williamson, James J.
New York: Sturgis & Walton Company. Very Good. 1909. Second Revised Enlarged. Hardcover. 554 pages; Former owner's name and bookplate on front endpapers, newsclipping tipped to ffep, otherwise clean and secure in original gray cloth binding, lettering a bit faded at spine. OCLC: 1577261 John Singleton Mosby (1833 1916), also known as the "Gray Ghost," was a Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War. His command, the 43rd Battalion, 1st Virginia Cavalry, known as Mosby's Rangers or Mosby's Raiders, was a partisan ranger unit noted for its lightning quick raids and its ability to elude Union Army pursuers. The author of this book James J. Williamson was one of Mosbys Rangers, so this is a first-hand account of Mosbys command and the actions engaged in by the Rangers, presenting details a soldier's life serving under Colonel Mosby from the first muster up to the surrender and disbandment. Regarding Gettysburg, Williamson begins: It was Mosbys intention to join General Lee in Pennsylvania, but when we reached Mercersburg, where we expected to find a portion of the army, it had moved. Our number being so small, and as we were ignorant of the country as well as of the position of our army, Mosby determined to return to Virginia, which he did, but not until he had gathered up 218 head of cattle, 15 horses and 12 negroes. . (Inventory #: 40001)
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