Colonel John So. Mosby introduced many new tactics during the Civil War. He found that small, swiftly moving cavalry companies, heavily armed with only pistols, could surprise and defeat larger Federal forces. His hit and run tactics were highly successful. His Rangers would either quickly overwhelm his enemies, or quit the fight if there was no chance of success. Following an engagement, Col. Mosby and his Rangers would often disappear into the night, and from this he became known as “The Gray Ghost.”
Not receiving the recognition they well deserved in this Forty-third Battalion’s Artillery Company. Their cannons helped attain major victories at the Wage Train Raid, Salem, Mount Zion Church, and in other engagements. One highly regarded member of the Artillery Company was Lieutenant Frank Henry “Red Fox” Rahm, who had the misfortune to be captured by Federal forces and sent to the Old Capital Prison.
Don has now provided Lieutenant Rahm’s little known story of his escape while being transferred to prison camp at Fort Delaware. Lieutenant Rahm demonstrated he was a true Ranger and took advantage of every opportunity.
The “Red Fox” was paroled in Richmond at war’s end. He died in the Robert E. Lee Camp Soldier’s Home in Richmond in 1929, and is buried in historic Hollywood Cemetery. “Peace to his ashes!”
The wartime actions of John H. Lunceford have been controversial over the years. Through his research Don has provided a true picture of this Ranger which will come as a surprise to many.
Ranger Lunceford died in 1934, and is buried in Westminster Presbyterian Church at Delaplane, Virginia. Also, “Peace to his ashes!”