PARTISAN LIFE WITH COL. JOHN S. MOSBY, 1867 1st ed.
Scott, John, Major, PARTISAN LIFE WITH COL. JOHN S. MOSBY, New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1867. First edition brown cloth hardcover w/gilt ornate titling to spine and gilt vignette of cavalier, 8vo (9.125 x 5.75"), Very Good - / na., 492pp. Ex. Lib (Colma Community Center Library), light wear to head and tail of spine, corners bumped and rubbed, some very light spots of discoloration on front board, small amount of top edge water-staining in front and rear preliminaries and appendix of text block (not affecting the text), several library stamps sporadically throughout (faded ink, not embossed), joints and hinges intact and strong, very lightly and appropriately age-toned to period, no foxing observed save that of a small amount to the frontis. What a wonderful sector of Captured Tyme - quite the distinctive and collectible book indeed.
John Singleton Mosby (December 6, 1833 – May 30, 1916), also known by his nickname, the "Gray Ghost", was a Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War. His command, the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, known as Mosby's Rangers or Mosby's Raiders, was a partisan ranger unit noted for its lightning-quick raids and its ability to elude Union Army pursuers and disappear, blending in with local farmers and townsmen. The area of northern central Virginia in which Mosby operated with impunity was known during the war and ever since as Mosby's Confederacy. After the war, Mosby became a Republican and worked as an attorney, supporting his former enemy's commander, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. He also served as the American consul to Hong Kong and in the U.S. Department of Justice.