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Rebel: The Life and Times of John Singleton Mosby

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John Singleton Mosby (1833–1916) was the Confederacy's best-known practitioner of guerrilla warfare. At heart a Unionist, he nonetheless joined the Southern cause when his homestate of Virginia seceded. He served first in the cavalry and later as commander of a partisan unit in Northern Virginia, where his operations tied up such large numbers of Federal troops that suffic ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 21st 1997 by Da Capo Press (first published 1983)
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Sarah Bierle
Overall, it was a good introductory biography. There was a lot of Civil War story and explaining things that didn't have a lot to do with Mosby, but I think the author was trying to explain the war, in case readers weren't familiar. I felt there were more details about Mosby himself in the post-war section and this part of the book was superb.
It was a good book to start with, but I will definitely be looking for another to learn more about Mosby's family and Civil War adventures. I realize the r
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Erik Graff
Aug 21, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Civil war fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Until reading this book I'd thought of Mosby simply in terms of his role as a Confederate irregular during the civil war. This period of his life covers only half the story of this book, a full biography of the figure. In fact, Mosby went on to become the friend of Republican presidents, beginning with Grant, and worked consistently towards a reconciliation between the South and North.
Thomas
May 22, 2011 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Most of the this material was new to me, but the subject seemed neither very important nor very attractive.
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Dec 06, 2016 Sean Chick rated it really liked it
An easy and breezy read about a true maverick. Mosby was a hard man to figure out because he was an independent thinker. It made him a great partisan commander but a lackluster politician.
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Average biography. Nothing will really jump out and amaze you.
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