The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby
"Colonel Mosby was a 'Virginian of the Virginians', educated at the State's University, and seemed destined to pass his life as an obscure Virginia attorney, when war brought him his opportunity for fame. The following pages contain the story of his life as private in the cavalry, as a scout, and as a leader as partisans"--Introduction.
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As a historian, I have always preferred "First Person" accounts of military history. Mosby's profession before and after the Civil War was that as an attorney. This shows through in his memoirs because he recounts his experiences during the war in a lucid and accurate manner. He is a good author and his book is what I would call a "good read."
Ironically, Mosby's influence extended into World War II. By that, I mean that years after the war Mosby had moved to Southern California and was a practising attorney. He became friends with another Confederate veteran with a young son by the name of George S. Patton, Jr. Mosby often visited the Patton home and little Georgie Patton literally bounced on his knee.
The young George Patton, Jr. grew up listening to the Civil War adventures of both his father and Colonel Mosby. Because of his admiration for his father and Mosby, Young George Patton, Jr. decided an a military career, attending Virginia Military Institute for one year before transferring to West Point and then a stellar career in the U.S. Army.
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Fascinating insight into the fighting in the Upper Shenadoah Valley during the Civil War. Has good commentary on Gettysburg as well. Read full review