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The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John S. Mosby

Narrated By: Mark F. Smith

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2016

Duration: 9 hours 36 minutes

Summary:

This is not a work of fiction! These are the actual memoirs of a legendary leader of partisans who bedeviled the Union army for years, almost within sight of the capitol. With only a few local men under command, John Singleton Mosby's ability to strike fast and then melt away before an effective pursuit could be organized kept the Yankee forces awake and often snarled in knots. With daring feats like capturing a Yankee general out of his bed within his defended headquarters, Mosby made his name a synonym for guerrilla warfare. Even today you can purchase in Middleburg, Virginia, a map showing "Mosby's Confederacy."

The mettle of the man may be judged by the enemies he kept. Said General Joseph Hooker, "I may here state that while at Fairfax Court House my cavalry was reinforced by that of Major-General Stahel. The latter numbered 6,100 sabres. . . . The force opposed to them was Mosby's guerrillas, numbering about 200, and, if the reports of the newspapers were to be believed, this whole party was killed two or three times during the winter. From the time I took command of the army of the Potomac, there was no evidence that any force of the enemy, other than the above-named, was within 100 miles of Washington City; and yet the planks on the chain bridge were taken up at night the greater part of the winter and spring."

Mosby outraged many of his Southern admirers after the war when he publicly endorsed General U.S. Grant for President. After an appointment as U.S. Consul to Hong Kong and a 16-year career with the Southern Pacific Railroad, he came to Washington as an assistant attorney in the Department of Justice. Loyal to the end to his commander, J.E.B. Stuart, Mosby also answered accusations that Stuart's grandstanding cost Lee the battle of Gettysburg.

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  • Peter H.

    Riveting and eye opening. The way the war was conducted was surprising as well as civil

  • William N

    This is a great look into the mind of a civil war officer that started as a private. The narrator is great.

  • Linda Marrs

    I very much enjoyed this book. It was interesting, informative and I learned a lot. However, there seems to be some problem with the last two or three chapters. The recording gives a different chapter number from the actual chapter number. That's not such a problem except the last chapter on Mosby's memories of General Grant contains skips, repeats and I was never able to hear the very end of it. That was very disappointing to me.