Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby

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Confederate John Singleton Mosby forged his reputation on the most exhilarating of military activities: the overnight raid. Mosby possessed a genius for guerrilla and psychological warfare, taking control of the dark to make himself the "Gray Ghost" of Union nightmares. Gray Ghost, the first full biography of Confederate raider John Mosby, reveals new information on every aspect of Mosby's life, providing the first analysis of his impact on the Civil War from the Union viewpoint.

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"Mosby achieved far greater fame during the Civil War than the vast majority of the military officers who outranked him. Ramage disentangles Mosby from a mass of myth and misinformation, reaching judicious conclusions that never exaggerate the Virginian's role in shaping the conflict."--Gary W. Gallagher

"A stirring story in its first half, like something out of Robin Hood or Camelot, and sad in the second half, as the South turns its back on Mosby after the War for supporting Grant for president and as the State Department tries to suppress his exposing of corruption among appointed officers serving in foreign embassies."--Southern Seen

“The last word belongs to Lee, who always admired dash and daring. ‘Hurrah for Mosby! I wish I had a hundred like him.’ Ramage’s Gray Ghost shows us why.”—Southern Partisan

“Emphasizes Mosby’s psychological impact on Federal forces, particularly frustrated commanders such as Phil Sheridan, and stresses the guerrilla commander’s contributions to Southern pride.”—North & South

“Ramage has done fine work in clarifying the tangled story of Mosby’s many fights, the complicated contexts of Yankee plans, and in assessing and refusing to overestimate Mosby’s contribution to the Confederate ware effort. . . . Comprehensive and convincing.”—Chronicles

“No biographer of Mosby has woven the various threads of Mosby’s life together as deftly as Ramage does in this portrait of one of the Civil War’s most compelling figures.”—Civil War Times

“Diligently explores the hardships of Mosby’s postwar career, a period too often neglected by those who seek to make Mosby an icon of unreconstructed southernism.”—Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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James A. Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, is the author of John Wesley Hunt: Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer, and Financier and Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan. He lives in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

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