Item description for Mosby's Rangers by Jeffry D. Wert...
Overview Traces the activities of a Confederate guerrilla unit that operated with amazing success in northern Virginia and Maryland
Publishers Description 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 the last days of the war.
Citations And Professional Reviews Mosby's Rangers by Jeffry D. Wert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1230
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 924
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 945
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 977
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Studio: Simon & Schuster
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.53" Height: 1.01" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 1991
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0671747452 ISBN13 9780671747459
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More About Jeffry D. Wert
Jeffrey D. Wert is the author of eight previous books on Civil War topics, most recently "Cavalryman of the Lost Cause "and "The Sword of Lincoln". His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including" Civil War Times Illustrated", "American History Illustrated", and "Blue and Gray". A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, slightly more than one hour from the battlefield at Gettysburg.
Jeffry D. Wert currently resides in Centre Hall, in the state of Pennsylvania. Jeffry D. Wert was born in 1946.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mosby's Rangers?
Best of Mosby Dec 27, 2006
Jeffry Wert's book on John Mosby's adventures reads like a great novel. It carries the action along while fleshing out the main characters, and gives vivid discriptions of the places of "Mosby Confederacy." Just an outstanding effort and Wert is to be praised. I have read all of the books on Mosby and while the others are good, this one was the most entertaining. It is well researched (as are all of Wert's books), and the author does excellent job of describing the events that brought home the Civl War to the people of Loudoun and Fauquier counties in Virginia.
Fair and Balanced Oct 5, 2006
Jeffry Wert came to his subject about as objectively as is possible in such matters. He was not afraid to point out Mosby's weaknesses - and he had them - but neither was he afraid to trumpet his strengths which were considerably more numerous and important than his weaknesses.
John Mosby - in Wert's own words - was the 'most lethal man' about whom the author had ever written and yet, Mosby's 'lethality' is not that of other 'notorious guerrillas and bushwhackers' who fought for the Confederacy, men like Quantrill, Anderson and Ferguson. Rather, his was constrained, premeditated and intellectual in nature; Mosby was no bestial monster who killed in the red rage of sectional hatred. As long as Union soldiers were fighting against him, Mosby - and his men - did not hesitate to kill - and they did it very well indeed! However, once a soldier or a command had surrendered, he immediately embraced that behavior considered honorable in wartime - so much so, in fact,that some of his best friends after the war were officers whom he had captured. Only in two instances did Mosby fight 'under the black flag' - that is, with no prisoners being taken. The first involved the understanding by Mosby's command that they were to kill all troops involved in the destruction of civilian property. The second occurred when Mosby was forced (very much against his will) to engage in retaliation for the hanging and shooting of six of his men at Front Royal and the later hanging of another of his men who had been captured. Mosby believed that unless he responded in kind ('measure for measure' as he himself said) his men would be treated as outlaws and not soldiers when captured. Interestingly enough, in the latter instance, Mosby made sure to get permission to retaliate by going up through the chain of command, requesting the 'blessing' of both Lee and Secretary of War Seddon - which he got. He also chose by lot seven men under Custer and Lowell, the commands that had been responsible for the lynching and shooting of his men.
Wert gives us a 'fair and balanced' picture of the man who became the 'patron saint' of today's Special Forces, a man so far ahead of his time strategically that he was often considered a thief and an outlaw by his own side and whose impact on the war was far greater than the size of his command or the limited area in which he fought would indicate. At the same time, however, Wert does not make Mosby into some legendary figure who could have single-handedly rescued the Confederacy if only things had been just slightly different. And yet, it is well to remember that it was Robert E. Lee who, upon hearing of one of Mosby's earliest exploits said, 'Hurrah for Mosby! I wish I had a hundred of him!' Who knows what Lee could have done had he the services of a hundred men with the vision, acumen and intellect of John Singleton Mosby!
Good at the end Feb 17, 2006
I have to be honest, I almost put the book down half way through. But I gave the author the benefit of the doubt and kept on reading.
I couldn't figure out why Mosby was so "glorified" as a great leader reading this book. Basically all the author described was taking prisoners and stealing horses.
After I read to the last 1/3 of the book the action picks up. Now I know why Mosby is so highly regarded in the "Confederacy".
It turned out to be a good read, and one has to admire the leadership and courage of Mosby, Chapman, Richards, and all his men.
Colorless. Mar 9, 2004
This is not a biography of John Singleton Mosby but rather an analysis of the men under his command. The writer does a fair job outlining Mosby's operations in Northern Virginia, primarily Loudoun, Fairfax and Fauquier counties, so from that point of view it appears well researched. But Wert's prose is flat and somewhat boring. As a result, this is a very difficult book to get into. Better maps might have helped.
A Great Effort Jan 6, 2004
I love books about Mosby especially since I grew up in Prince William County Virginia, this is and was an area that in the civil war was known as Mosby's Confederacy because of the help the commander of the guerrilla unit had from the locals and the fact that one ths one unit almost single-handedly kept this part of Virginia in Confederate hands throughout the war.
One-More accurately it is a story about the UNIT with an emphasize on Mosby and while there are some elements that could be considered part of a biography on John Mosby that's not the whole purpose of this book. So if you are looking for a biography there are probably better books you could pick.
Two-While I loved the book I can certainly see where some others may have a problem, it suffers from a big problem in some historical accounts of all times, namely it is dry and at times it rambles. That's fine by me I like blow-by-blow accounts of operations and battles but someone who is looking for something different might want to try something else.
Overall-This book is sort of a like it or hate it book. I happen to like it.