150 years ago: Lee recommends a promotion for Mosby

Always nice when the boss provides positive recommendations up the chain: Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, January 21, 1864. Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War: SIR: During the past year Major Mosby, of the Partisan Rangers, has been very- active in harassing the rear of the Federal army operating in Northern Virginia. He isContinue reading “150 years ago: Lee recommends a promotion for Mosby”

150 Years Ago: Skirmishing with Mosby at Rector’s Cross Roads

Studying the Civil War in Northern Virginia, a theme emerges shortly after the Gettysburg campaign.  Hardly a week would pass without some action involving Lieutenant-Colonel John S. Mosby.  The activities of that partisan ranger only slackened in the last few months of the war.  But even then, as the oft spoken quip alludes to, MosbyContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Skirmishing with Mosby at Rector’s Cross Roads”

Marching Through Loudoun: June 22, 1863

After all the fighting on June 21, 1863, and with no marching orders, would the Army of the Potomac have a relaxing, uneventful day?  Not with this fellow around. Raiding supply lines and disrupting communication was Major John S. Mosby business.  By June 1863 he was already the most prominent Confederate partisan ranger.  And theContinue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 22, 1863”