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    LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN SINGLETON MOSBY (1833-1916), KNOWN AS THE "GRAY GHOST": PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE. American lawyer and Confederate cavalry officer, born in Edgemont, Virginia. Noted for his lightning quick raids and his ability to elude his Union army pursuers. Mosby became a larger-than-life Civil War legend. Today a 1,600 square mile area of Virginia along the Route 50 corridor is named "Mosby Country."

    Mosby was on General J.E.B. Stuart's staff in the Peninsula Campaign, at Manassas, and at Antietam, 1862. He commanded an independent cavalry unit called Mosby's Rangers, raiding federal picket posts and supplies. Mosby and his Rangers are famous for carrying out a daring raid far inside Union lines at Fairfax County Court House in March 1863, where he captured three high-ranking Union officers, including Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Stoughton. The disruption of supply lines and the constant disappearance of couriers frustrated Union commanders to such a degree that Grant told Sheridan, "When any of Mosby's men are caught, hang them without trial." At the end of the war when Lee surrendered, Mosby simply disbanded his rangers, refusing to surrender formally. After the war, John Mosby resumed the practice of law; he was U.S. Consul to Hong Kong, 1878-85 and assistant attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1904-10. Author of Mosby's War Reminiscences, and Stuart's Cavalry Campaigns, 1887, and Stuart's Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign, 1908.

    Although found in Brady's possessions, this negative was probably taken by a southern photographer, possibly Julian Vannerson or George S. Cook. A retouched version of this rare image appears in Evans and Moyer, Mosby's Confederacy, page 85.

    Wet-plate glass negative, size 3.25" x 4.25". Negative secured between protective glass covers and held in an archival frame, 11" x 12.5".


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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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