One and a half years into the Civil War, Captain John Singleton Mosby was given a small group of Rangers from his former commander, General JEB Stuart to conduct independent partisan operation into Northern Virginia. These rangers would eventually become the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry and would grow from nine to more than 2,000 men.
Mosby’s mission was to attack and harass as many Union outposts, camps and supply points he could find operating in Northern Virginia. By successfully raiding behind enemy lines Mosby would keep large numbers of Union soldiers guarding the city of Washington, thus denying Federal forces in the field from fighting against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army. Mosby is considered by military historians as the most successful leader of such partisan guerrilla activities.
“Mosby’s Confederacy” consisted of four counties in Northern Virginia situated to the west of Washington, with the closest to the Union Capital being Fairfax County. Six local historians will take you to 42 locations in Fairfax County where “Mosby’s Rangers” conducted combat operations and describe in vivid detail what happened at each. Though on-site video, hundred of historical photos, and an accompanying map, this documentary present a unique visual history of the War Between the States.