Mosby’s Rangers New York : Simon and Schuster, c 1990 Jeffry D. Wert Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Cavalry Battalion, 43rd History Hardcover. 384 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-369) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
No single battalion was more feared during the Civil War than the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. Better known as Mosby’s Rangers, tbey were an elite guerrilla unit that operated with stunning success in northern Virginia and Maryland from 1863 to the last days of the war. Seldom numbering more than a few dozen men on an operation, the Rangers struck supply wagons and railroads, harassed and pinned down union troops that sometimes vastly outnumbered them, and on one memorable occasion even kidnapped a union general from his own headquarters. They obtained valuable intelligence for General Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy;
Ulysses S. Grant so hated them that he ordered the immediate execution without trial of any captured Ranger. A union partisan unit dispatched to combat them under the command of Richard Blazer was later known as Blazer’s Scouts.
The success of the Rangers reflected the iron discipline of their remarkable commander, John Singleton Mosby, a ferocious warrior and brilliant tactician whose achievements earned him the praise of Generals J. E. B. Stuart and Robert E. Lee. In this vivid account of Mosby’s famous command and of the officers who served under him, Jeffry D. Wert draws on contemporary documents, including letters and diaries, to describe the Rangers’ daring raids and exploits. He gives us colorful profiles of the more famous Rangers and explains their organization and methods of operation.
As testament to their effectiveness, a section of northern Virginia became known as “Mosby’s Confederacy,” where civilians sheltered the Rangers. Even in the final year of the war, as the Confederacy collapsed, Mosby’s Rangers eluded capture by such union generals as Philip Sheridan and George Armstrong Custer. They disbanded without surrendering at the end of the war. Mosby and his men have long been celebrated and Mosby’s Rangers is their most authoritative biography to date.