Mosby's Rangers

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No single battalion was more feared during the Civil War than the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. As one contemporary said, "They had...all the glamour of Robin Hood...all the courage and bravery of the ancient crusaders." Better known as Mosby's Rangers, they were an elite guerilla unit that operated with stunning success in northern Virginia and Maryland from 1863 to the last days of the war.

In this vivid account of the famous command of John Singleton Mosby, Jeffrey D. ...

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Overview

No single battalion was more feared during the Civil War than the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. As one contemporary said, "They had...all the glamour of Robin Hood...all the courage and bravery of the ancient crusaders." Better known as Mosby's Rangers, they were an elite guerilla unit that operated with stunning success in northern Virginia and Maryland from 1863 to the last days of the war.

In this vivid account of the famous command of John Singleton Mosby, Jeffrey D. Wert explores the personality of this iron-will commander and brilliant tactician and gives us colorful profiles of the officers who served under him. Drawing on contemporary documents, including letters and diaries, this is the most complete and vivid account to date of the fighting unit that was so hated by General Ulysses S. Grant that he ordered any captured Ranger to be summarily executed without trial.

No single battalion was more feared during the Civil War than the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, better known as "Mosby's Rangers." Here, in vivid and fascinating detail, is the most authoritative account of the Rangers' infamous adventures, written by a prize-winning historian. ". . . recommended for nearly any Civil War collection."--Booklist. 16 pages of photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1863, John Singleton Mosby and his band of irregulars, recruited in Union-occupied northern Virginia, began raiding Yankee outposts, wagon trains, troop detachments, headquarters and railroad lines. Their most celebrated exploit: capturing a Union general behind enemy lines without firing a shot. After each sortie, the Confederate guerrillas would hide in ``safe houses'' provided by the citizens of two northern Virginia counties. Mosby was captured once and exchanged and wounded several times, but continued to plan and personally lead guerrilla raids throughout the final two years of the war. Wert From Winchester to Cedar Creek has written the first comprehensive study of Mosby's Rangers and offers new material about its organization, membership and tactics, plus biographical information about Mosby himself. He reveals that the partisan band rarely exceeded 200, that a large percentage of them were teenagers, that the civilians who sheltered them paid a high price in Yankee retribution. Well-researched, objectively written, this is a first-class history. Photos. First serial to Civil War Times Illustrated; History Book Club main selection. Oct.
Library Journal
Perhaps no figures of the Civil War have been surrounded with more romanticism than John S. Mosby and his band of rebel rangers. Formed in mid-1863, Mosby's partisans confounded all Union attempts to destroy them, and for 28 months supplied Lee with priceless intelligence while wreaking havoc behind federal lines in northern Virginia. In telling anew Mosby's story, Wert has drawn extensively on previously neglected primary sources and provided a balanced history of the famous battalion. Although acknowledging that Mosby and the rangers were ``among some of the finest guerrillas in history,'' Wert avoids attributing monumental importance to them. They did not prolong the war nor siphon off thousands of Union troops. In the long run they simply increased the harshness and cost of the conflict. This book sets new standards for such studies; it is essential for scholars but great for general readers too. History Book Club main selection.-- Thomas E. Schott, Office of History, 17th Air Force, Sembach AB, Germany
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671747459
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 786,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    Don't miss this one!

    Excellent account of the daring exploits of John S. Mosby's partisan troops. Entertaining and carefully reasearched. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    Outstanding!!!

    Very indepth reserch has been put into this book. All the details are in. Creates a great understanding of why Mosby conducted himself and his men the way he did.

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