Like Eric Buckland’s other great books, this one is full of heroic and courageous stories, along with plenty of photographs, and burial sites of Mosby’s men. Here are a few quotes from the book:
“..men who were undoubtedly connected with the famous aggregation of daredevils who operated in what came to be known as “Mosby’s Confederacy.”
“It was an unwritten law of the regiment that when a Mosby man heard of Yankees in the neighborhood he should immediately go after them, learn all that he could, report to such other of his comrades as he could reach, and then start something.”
“Reports of the unfortunate affair came very promptly to Colonel Mosby from many sources. One of our men, Frank Angelo, had cut down and removed the bodies of some of our boys who were hanged, and he gave all the particulars of it to us. There was at once a rumor set afloat that we were to fight thereafter under the black flag, and as a proof of it, Custer’s act was pointed to. Men examined their pistols more carefully. The price of good runners went up rapidly and, as the greenback raid followed the next month, and the men had money to burn, there were a number of fine horses bought. Where formerly the boys had slept with one eye open, they now slept with both open, as it were. Mosby waited his time.”
“Gideon Crigler’s granddaughter recalls that he was a quiet man of small build who loved horses and farming and says that he rarely mentioned his time in the Civil War, and rarely left the farm. When he slept, he occasionally had nightmares about the war and would wake from them struggling and shouting.”
…. I have been in this neighborhood over a week. Have had a gay time with the Yankees. Have captured twenty-eight Yankee cavalry twenty-nine horses. … I have 15 men with me … Fount Beattie was captured by the Yankees, – his horse fell with him. There were over two hundred Yankees.”
About the author:
Eric Buckland graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.A. in English and a commission as a 2LT in the United States Army. He followed that with a 22-year military career and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. The majority of his career was spent in Special Forces. Some of his awards include the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Combat Diver Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is the President of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and a volunteer for the Mosby Heritage Area Association where he participates in the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group.