John S. Mosby

John S. Mosby was known as the 'Gray Ghost' during the Civil War. He served under J.E.B. Stuart and captured the enemy with his rangers. His biggest catch was Union Brig. Gen. Edwin Stoughton.

John Singleton Mosby was a small wisp of a man, always restless and absolutely fearless. Raised on a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia, he entered Confederate service in 1861 as a private in Col. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry regiment. Mosby proved such a daring horseman that in January 1863, Stuart detached him to conduct raids in Union held northern Virginia. As a partisan ranger, he was free to choose his targets.

The 29-year-old Mosby gathered two dozen dedicated horsemen and crossed enemy lines. Employing hit-and-run tactics, they struck Federal outposts, stole horses and supplies, captured soldiers, and destroyed equipment. Then one dark rainy night, Mosby made his biggest catch of the war.

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