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Book Review: Ranger Mosby by Virgil Carrington Jones

Ranger Mosby book

My good friend Mike R. is a Civil War buff.  He loaned me a book entitled Ranger Mosby by Virgil Carrington Jones.

I finished the book this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Ranger Mosby tells the story of John S. Mosby beginning with his life at the University of Virginia before the Civil War and ending with his life after the Civil War when he angered many in the south with his actions to help President Grant.

Most of the book is devoted to the Civil War years, when Mosby lead numerous daring cavalry raids behind enemy lines.  This is a case where the true history is as exciting as any fiction imaginable.

Low Tech Mosby

Mosby’s Rangers fought on horseback and their weapon of choice was the revolver.  The book also points out that in John Mosby’s later years, he was not pleased with some new inventions.

The book will no doubt appeal to any Civil War enthusiast or anyone interested in learning about early guerilla warfare.  Ranger Mosby will also appeal to anyone interested in learning more about local history in John Mosby’s theater of operations in Virginia and Maryland.  I highly recommend Ranger Mosby.  This sought-after book is out-of-print, but is still available from some sellers on


  1. This is a great book, and if you become enthralled with Mosby, as I did, try to find a reprint of John Munson’s book Reminiscences of a Mosby Guerilla. Munson was only 17 or so when he joined Mosby’s band and his first-hand account, written after the war, is both hilarious and touching.

    I patterned the main character in my Civil War novel, Shades of Gray, after John Mosby – one of the most gallant and romantic figures of the war. There are a number of books out written by Mosby’s men, and also more contemporary versions. For a eye-opening account of independent cavalry activities, I highly recommend anything with the name Mosby on it!

    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  2. S.P. Gass wrote:

    Jessica James, thank you very much for your recommendations.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

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