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    CONFEDERATE ARMY 43RD BATTALION, "MOSBY'S RANGERS" MAMMOTH PLATE PHOTOGRAPH 1863. John Singleton Mosby (December 6, 1833 - May 30, 1916), also known as the "Gray Ghost," was a Confederate partisan Ranger (a partisan is similar to a guerrilla fighter) in the American Civil War. He was noted for his lightning quick raids and his ability to successfully elude his Union Army pursuers and disappear (like a ghost) with his men, blending in with local farmers and townspeople. The 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, also known as Mosby's Rangers or Mosby's Men, was a battalion of partisan cavalry in the Confederate army. Noted for their lightning strikes on Union targets and their ability to consistently elude pursuit, the Rangers disrupted Federal communications and supply lines. The 43rd Battalion was formed on June 10, 1863, at Rector's Cross Roads, near modern day Atoka, Virginia, when John S. Mosby formed Company "A" of the battalion, under the authority of General Robert E. Lee, which had been granted in January 1863, following authorization for such units by the Confederate Congress in April 1862. By the summer of 1864, Mosby's battalion had grown to six cavalry companies and one artillery company, comprising about 400 men. After February 1864, the Confederate Congress revoked the authority of all partisan units, except for two, one of which was the 43rd Battalion. The battalion never formally surrendered, but was disbanded on April 21, 1865, after General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, but not before attempting to negotiate surrender with Major General Winfield S. Hancock in Winchester, Virginia.

    Photograph taken at Richmond. Front Row, left to right: Walter W. Gosden, Harry T. Sinnott, Otho L. Butler, Isaac A. Gentry. Middle Row, left to right: Sergeant Robert B. Parrott, Thomas Throop, John W. Munson, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, Alphonso M. Newell, Charles H. Quarles. Top Row, left to right: H. Lee Howison, Lieutenant W. Ben Palmer, Lieutenant John W. Puryear, Sergeant Thomas Booker, Sergeant Alexander G. Babcock, Norman V. Randolph, Lieutenant Frank H. Rahm.

    This is a very impressive mammoth plate photograph (large imperial size photo card), approximately 22" x 19", the oval image measures 16.75" x 13.25". Large format Confederate photographs are extremely rare. The card has scalloped gilding on border.

    Condition: Very good to fine, some fading in center of image.

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