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    John S. "Gray Ghost" Mosby Signed Photo Postcard, also Addressed in His Hand. A black and white photo postcard showing the house in which Mosby captured Union General Edwin Stoughton inside Union lines in Fairfax, Virginia. Postcard measures 3.25" x 5.5", and is addressed in Mosby's hand on the verso to "Major E. Leroy Sweetzer" of Boston Massachusetts with a Washington, D.C. postal stamp dated August 25, 1906. Light soiling and toning. otherwise near fine and very attractive.

    Mosby earned his nickname "The Gray Ghost" for his uncanny ability to elude capture and go undetected by Union forces. His capture of General Stoughton behind Union lines was a feat of legendary proportion. According to lore, Mosby found Stoughton in bed; upon waking, the general demanded, "Do you know who I am?" To which Mosby replied, "Do you know Mosby, general?" "Yes! Have you got the rascal?" "No, but he has got you!" Mosby's troops were an effective force against the Union cavalry; they had great success in destroying Union communications and appropriating supplies. He would evade capture and remained active until the end of the war.




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    December, 2009
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