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Meet John Singleton Mosby

Col. John S. Mosby

Col. John S. Mosby

"With the bitterness of war all gone, there remains to Americans, North and South, a precious heritage of valor, of self-sacrifice, of sturdy, unflagging never-give-up spirit, a heritage which, in future days of possible stress, will prove inspiration unto us."

—The Richmond Virginian upon the death of John S. Mosby on May 30, 1916

Who Was Mosby?

Born in Powhatan County, Virginia, and raised within view of Jefferson’s Monticello, John Singleton Mosby was the ultimate citizen soldier. University of Virginia-trained, he was a small-town lawyer opposed to secession when the War broke out in 1861. Learn more.

A Chronology of Mosby's Life

Born: December 6, 1833 at his maternal grandfather’s home, Edgemont, in Powhatan County, Virginia.  He was raised in Nelson and then Albemarle counties, Virginia, but little else is known of his childhood other than that he was a frail, sickly child. Learn more.

Mosby, 1910 in Washington, D.C.

Mosby, 1910 in Washington, D.C.

Mosby's Rangers

John Mosby started with nine cavalrymen from the Confederate Cavalry command of J.E.B. Stuart on detached duty in Loudoun and Fauquier counties in early January 1863.  Stuart supplied several more cavalrymen two weeks later. Learn more.

Safe Houses

Mosby knew that if his raiders had a camp, sooner or later federal troops would find it and capture his men.  Instead, Mosby requested that patriotic Virginians board his men in their houses. Learn more

The Great Burning Raid

Mosby relied heavily on the local farmers to supply forage for his men’s nearly 1,600 horses.  Often leaving on two raids a day by the autumn of 1864, there was inevitably a detail led by Mosby’s quartermaster, Major Hibbs, going on a “corn raid” for forage. Learn more.

Mosby After the War

John S. Mosby lived to be 82 years old. After the war, Mosby felt that the South’s fortunes lay in peace, prosperity, and a diversified economy. Learn more.

More Mosby Resources

A collection of other websites with information on John Mosby are listed here.

Photograph, top: Goose Creek Bridge, built between 1803 and 1810, saw a nasty Civil War skirmish on Sunday, June 21, 1863, as part of the cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville. It served as a highway bridge until 1957.