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No single battalion was more feared during the Civil War than the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. As one contemporary said, "They had...all the glamour of Robin Hood...all the courage and bravery of the ancient crusaders." Better known as Mosby's Rangers, they were an elite guerilla unit that operated with stunning success in northern Virginia and Maryland from 1863 to ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by Simon & Schuster
(first published 1990)
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"No single battalion was more feared during the Civil War than the 43rd Battalion Of Virginia Cavalry, better known as Mosby's Rangers." So says the dust jacket of Jeffrey Wert's "Mosby's Rangers". Wert obviously has a great deal of affection and admiration for Mosby and his band of horsemen who operated virtually (and late in the war, in reality) behind Union lines staging guerrilla raids on supply lines and railroads. Wert has impeccably researched his subject and has what must be one of the m ...more
Finally finished this book after skimming over the last 100 pages. But I feel a rating of 3 is still proper. 5 stars for the research and the information contained in this book but 1 star for the entertainment value. Another reviewer stated quite accurately that this book read like a police blotter. Short sentences that were heavy on names and places but boring as hell. The exploits of Mosby and his Rangers are legend and a well written book would make a great read.
Very good book. Excellent description of successful insurgent techniques (although an unsuccessful result) by a charismatic leader and carefully selected soldiers. The major drawback of the book is that the author tried to write about everything that happened, instead of focusing on a few of the important or interesting events and describing them in detail. The detail is good in some parts and makes the story interesting, but sometimes he breezes through some events that would be helpful to have ...more
May 25, 2013 Shellys♥ Journal rated it really liked it
While the author asserts that John Mosby is a well-known Civil War leader and the deeds of his Rangers well known, time has wiped away the memory of The partisans from many history texts. It is wonderful to see that the true history of the war and the many colorful characters still live on and are being recalled it books like Mr. Wert's. "Mosby's Ranger" is a narrative on the history of this storied band. It is not a personal biography of the leader or a fictionalized and romanticized tale meant ...more
A good account of the operations of Mosby and his Rangers. Unlike other books about Mosby this is not a biography of him or an account of an his operations that is centered around him, instead it details the operations of he and his rangers and focuses more on the unit as a whole rather than its leader. The book is written with a good narrative style that is attentive to detail while not overwhelming and dry in its description of fact and accompanying analysis.
Living in the Mosby Heritage area for close to 10 years, it is about time I read this. Fascinating leader of a crew that grew to be 800 soldiers that had daring raids on the Union for 3 years. Mosby had a long career afterwards as an attorney and government official. Well researched, Mr. Wert describes the region to a tee, or a tree, as I see some of the trees he writes about as I commute and drive to the daily chores. Very good book on a small part of the war between the States.
Story of Mosby and his Rangers, the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. U.S. Grant hated them so much he ordered their execution when captured. Good story of daring raids and the union's attempt to stop them.
Mosby lead a guerrilla band in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., an area they called Mosby's confederacy. They manage to disrupt an tie up huge numbers of federal troops in 1863-1864 and ultimately lead to brutal reprisals on the part of Sheridan and others.
I enjoyed Wert's telling of Mosby's story more than Ramage's. Both have their own merits but I think this one was better written. Mosby was a great officer and his story is amazing. If you're a Civil War buff, read it. It's a great account of a Confederate guerilla.
This is a history of a guerrilla warfare battalion of the Confederate Army operating in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Officially they were the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry commanded by John S. Mosby. This is a good read of irregular operations during the American Civil War.