Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby

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University Press of Kentucky, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 428 pages
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"Click here to read a sample chapter from this book Confederate John Singleton Mosby forged his reputation on the most exciting of military activities: the overnight raid. Mosby possessed a genius for guerrilla and psychological warfare, taking control of the dark to make himself the ""Gray Ghost"" of Union nightmares. For more than twenty-seven months Mosby led daring raids behind Union pickets and created false alarms up and down the Potomac. Although he never commanded more than four hundred men, his forces were regularly overestimated, once by a factor of forty. Union officials dispatched more than seventy search and destroy missions against him, but he retained the tactical advantage until Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox ended the war. Mosby's dynamic personality, forged in childhood, was the foundation for his success as a guerrilla chief, but it was also his greatest weakness. Attempting to repeat patterns of heroic conflict after the war, he threw away his status as a leading southern hero and sacrificed a lucrative law practice to support the Republican party and U.S. Grant's campaign for the presidency. Forced into exile from his native Virginia, Mosby again charged into controversy. During his service as U.S. consul in Hong Kong, he worked to reform the office and single-handedly exposed the corruption of his predecessors. When his bosses in the State Department balked, Mosby sent information directly to President Hayes and, eventually, exposed the wrong-doing to the Washington Post. In retirement, Mosby continued in his well-worn role of underdog by authoring the first defense of Jeb Stuart's actions at Gettysburg, exposing Lee's role in the debacle.

  

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The extraordinary life of Confederate guerrilla John Singleton Mosby defies belief. Ramage (Northern Kentucky Univ.; Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan) casts Mosby, whose raiders ... Read full review

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I just couldn't do it. Read 55 pages for book club and was not enjoying it, since I don't like nonfiction, esp bio's. So obviously can't give any starts. Read full review

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Contents

1 Mosbys Weapon of Fear
1
2 The Weakling and the Bullies
11
3 Virginia is my mother
28
4 Scouting behind Enemy Lines
36
5 Capturing a Yankee General in Bed
58
6 Miskels Farm
77
7 Featherbed Guerrillas
96
8 Unguarded Sutler Wagons
105
16 Sheridans Burning Raid
228
17 Apache Ambuscades Stockades and Prisons
243
18 All that the proud can feel of pain
262
19 Grants Partisan in Virginia
271
20 Hayess Reformer in Hong Kong
285
21 Stuart and Gettysburg
300
22 Roosevelts Land Agent in the Sand Hills
318
23 The Gray Ghost of Television and Film
333

9 Masquerading as the Enemy
120
10 Seddons Partisans
131
11 Mosbys Clones in the Valley
147
12 The Night Belonged to Mosby
165
13 Blue Hens Chickens and Custers Wolverines
184
14 The Lottery
201
15 Sheridans Mosby Hunt
216
Conclusion
344
Notes
349
Bibliographic Essay
401
Acknowledgments
407
Index
411
Illustrations follow page
431
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About the author (1999)

James A. Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, is the author of John Wesley Hunt: Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer, and Financier and Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan. He lives in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

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