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Rebel, the life and times of John Singleton Mosby

Siepel, Kevin H

Editore: St. Martin's Press, 1983
ISBN 10: 0312665598 / ISBN 13: 9780312665593
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Titolo: Rebel, the life and times of John Singleton ...

Casa editrice: St. Martin's Press

Data di pubblicazione: 1983

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Riassunto: Rebel is the first complete biography of the Confederacy?s best-known partisan commander, John Singleton Mosby, the ?Gray Ghost.? A practicing attorney in Virginia and at first a reluctant soldier, in 1861 Mosby took to soldiering with a vengeance, becoming one of the Confederate army?s highest-profile officers, known especially for his cavalry battalion?s continued and effective harassment of Union armies in northern Virginia. Although hunted after the war and regarded, in fact, as the last Confederate officer to surrender, he later became anathema to former Confederates for his willingness to forget the past and his desire to heal the nation?s wounds. Appointed U.S. consul in Hong Kong, he soon initiated an anticorruption campaign that ruined careers in the Far East and Washington. Then, following a stint as a railroad attorney in California, he surfaced again as a government investigator sent by President Theodore Roosevelt to tear down cattlemen?s fences on public lands in the West. Ironically, he ended his career as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dal retro di copertina: John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) was the Confederacy's best-known practitioner of guerrilla warfare. At heart a Unionist, he nonetheless joined the Southern cause when his home state of Virginia seceded. He served first in the cavalry and later as commander of a partisan unit in Northern Virginia, an area he so thoroughly dominated militarily that it became known on both sides as "Mosby's Confederacy."

He and his small band routed Federal cavalry, appropriated supplies, and destroyed communications and supply lines. His operations tied up such large numbers of Federal troops that sufficient force could not be gathered to break Robert E. Lee's army till April 1965. No other Confederate officer received as many commendations from Lee as did Mosby. His narrow escapes and impossible exploits (including the capture of a Union general from his bed) earned him status as a cavalry commander equal to Stuart and Forrest, and a preeminence among the partisan leaders of history.

Mosby was only 31 when the war ended. Rebel fully explores his long and eventful career: his political battles; his close friendships with former enemies; his association with presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Theodore Roosevelt; his service as U.S. consul in Hong Kong; and his involvement in the West's range-fencing crisis. In the process this book reveals the fierce independence and eccentric vision of one of America's most controversial, uncompromising figures.

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