Original Edition by Kevin H. Siepel with a forword by Senator Eugene McCarthy
Publisher-Printing Location:St. Martin's Press, New York Date: 1983 First Printing Size and Page Count:5.5" X 8" tall 346 Pages
Condition:-Fine- pages tight and clean, black cloth with gilt spine lettering, embossed private library stamp on memory page, with dust cover in -Very Good- shape with a couple smudge-scratches on edges. Notes and index in back.
Illustrations Information:Many b/w illustration, photos, maps,
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John Singleton Mosby, the “Gray Ghost,” was the Confederacy’s most daring and effective guerrilla commander. Famous for his audacious surprise attacks behind Yankee lines, Mosby led his ragtag band of raiders through the Virginia countryside, inflicting impressive damage on the vulnerable flanks of the Federal Army. So successful were his assaults – derailing trains, stealing Union payrolls and artillery, and cutting supply lines – that the North never claimed absolute control of the vital Shenandoah Valley. The last rebel commander to surrender, he remains an enduring Southern hero, one of the legends of the Civil War. But the romances of Mosby’s exploits have obscured the full story of ht man himself. Clever, irascible, often unpredictable, he was a complex mixture of Southern idealist and Northern pragmatist. A quiet Virginia lawyer and family man, at first reluctant to join the secessionist, he metamorphosed into the South’s flamboyant, plumed night-rider; described at his enlistment as an “indifferent soldier,” he became a feisty warrior, praised by General Lee and others for his boldness – Mosby once rode through a column of Union cavalry, a pistol concealed under his cloak and two prisoners at his side. Rebel is the most comprehensive biography of John S. Mosby ever written. In addition to chronicling his experiences as a Confederate guerrilla it brings new attention to his turbulent political career after the war; his relationships with presidents Grant, Hayes, and Garfield; his battles with conservative Southern colleagues; his dogged pursuit of corrupt American officials in the Orient while he was a counsel at Hong Kong; and his outspoken view of the South, warfare, and the great men and issues of the day. A meticulously researched, vivid account of John S. Mosby, Rebel is destined to become a classic of American historical literature.by Kevin H. Siepel