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Gray Ghost : the life of Col. John Singleton Mosby / James A. Ramage.

By: Ramage, James A.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1999Description: 428 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0813121353 (acid-free paper); 9780813121352 (acid-free paper).Subject(s): Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements | Guerrillas -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | Diplomats -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: 973.7/45/092 | B
Contents:
Mosby's weapon of fear -- The weakling and the bullies -- Virginia is my mother -- Scouting behind enemy lines -- Capturing a Yankee general in bed -- Miskel's farm -- Featherbed guerillas -- Unguarded sutler wagons -- Masquerading as the enemy -- Seddon's partisans -- Mosby's clones in the valley -- The night belonged to Mosby -- Blue Hen's chickens and Custer's wolverines -- The lottery -- Sheridan's Mosby hunt -- Sheridan's burning raid -- Apache ambuscades, stockades, and prisons -- All that the proud can feel of pain -- Grant's partisan in Virginia -- Hayes's reformer in Hong Kong -- Stuart and Gettysburg -- Roosevelt's land agent in the Sand Hills -- The Gray Ghost of television and film.
Review: "Confederate John Singleton Mosby forged his reputation on the most exciting of military activities - the overnight raid. Mosby possessed a genius for guerrilla and psychological warfare, taking control of the dark to make himself the "Gray Ghost" of Union nightmares."--BOOK JACKET. "Mosby's dynamic personality, forged in childhood, was the foundation for his success as a guerrilla chief, but it was also his greatest weakness. Attempting to repeat patterns of heroic conflict after the war, he threw away his status as a leading southern hero and sacrificed a lucrative law practice to support the Republican party and U.S. Grant's campaign for the presidency."--BOOK JACKET.Summary: "Forced into exile from his native Virginia, Mosby again charged into controversy. During his service as U.S. consul in Hong Kong, he worked to reform the office and single-handedly exposed the corruption of his predecessors. When his bosses in the State Department balked, Mosby sent information directly to President Hayes and, eventually, exposed the wrong-doing to the Washington Post."--BOOK JACKET. "In retirement, Mosby continued in his well-worn role of underdog by authoring the first defense of Jeb Stuart's actions at Gettysburg, exposing Lee's role in the debacle."--BOOK JACKET.
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Map of Mosby's confederacy on end papers.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [401]-405) and index.

Mosby's weapon of fear -- The weakling and the bullies -- Virginia is my mother -- Scouting behind enemy lines -- Capturing a Yankee general in bed -- Miskel's farm -- Featherbed guerillas -- Unguarded sutler wagons -- Masquerading as the enemy -- Seddon's partisans -- Mosby's clones in the valley -- The night belonged to Mosby -- Blue Hen's chickens and Custer's wolverines -- The lottery -- Sheridan's Mosby hunt -- Sheridan's burning raid -- Apache ambuscades, stockades, and prisons -- All that the proud can feel of pain -- Grant's partisan in Virginia -- Hayes's reformer in Hong Kong -- Stuart and Gettysburg -- Roosevelt's land agent in the Sand Hills -- The Gray Ghost of television and film.

"Confederate John Singleton Mosby forged his reputation on the most exciting of military activities - the overnight raid. Mosby possessed a genius for guerrilla and psychological warfare, taking control of the dark to make himself the "Gray Ghost" of Union nightmares."--BOOK JACKET. "Mosby's dynamic personality, forged in childhood, was the foundation for his success as a guerrilla chief, but it was also his greatest weakness. Attempting to repeat patterns of heroic conflict after the war, he threw away his status as a leading southern hero and sacrificed a lucrative law practice to support the Republican party and U.S. Grant's campaign for the presidency."--BOOK JACKET.

"Forced into exile from his native Virginia, Mosby again charged into controversy. During his service as U.S. consul in Hong Kong, he worked to reform the office and single-handedly exposed the corruption of his predecessors. When his bosses in the State Department balked, Mosby sent information directly to President Hayes and, eventually, exposed the wrong-doing to the Washington Post."--BOOK JACKET. "In retirement, Mosby continued in his well-worn role of underdog by authoring the first defense of Jeb Stuart's actions at Gettysburg, exposing Lee's role in the debacle."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

The extraordinary life of Confederate guerrilla John Singleton Mosby defies belief. Ramage (Northern Kentucky Univ.; Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan) casts Mosby, whose raiders harassed Union rear columns and supply trains in the Shenandoah Valley, as the stoic icon of the Lost Cause who never hesitated to employ stealth, terror, and pillage against an equally resolute foe. Mosby never had more than 400 irregulars under his command, yet his raids occupied an enemy force many times that number. As an attorney in postwar Virginia, Mosby attempted to unite state conservatives behind Republican presidents Grant and Hayes and was spurned as a turncoat. He then took a number of Republican appointments, including U.S. consul in Hong Kong and assistant attorney in the Justice Department. In his later years, he lectured and wrote about his wartime experiences before passing away in 1916 at 82, fully redeemed on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Painstaking research, dramatic illustrations, and a useful bibliographic essay add to this absorbing biography. Highly recommended.ÄJohn Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Ramage (Northern Kentucky Univ.), author of Rebel Raider: The Life of John Hunt Morgan (CH, Dec'86), has written what is likely to be the best biography of the Confederate partisan leader John S. Mosby for a long time to come. Based on wide and deep research and informed by the latest scholarship on the Civil War in the eastern theater, this account follows Mosby from his earliest days in central Virginia, to his stormy student days at the University of Virginia, through the Civil War, and on to his postwar career as a political outcast, diplomat, and famous curmudgeon in Washington, DC. Appropriately, 15 of the book's 23 chapters examine Mosby's wartime career; three chapters cover his early life and five his postwar years. Ramage is fair in his assessments and gives the partisan leader more credit for disrupting federal operations than some recent writers have acknowledged. The detailed chapters on Mosby's postwar life are especially useful and add significantly to an understanding of his personality. The book is clearly written and well researched. Endnotes rather than footnotes, good index, photographs, short bibliographic essay. All levels. R. G. Lowe; University of North Texas

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James A. Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University

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