Died July 8, 1869. .

He was a member of the Royal Arcanum. He survived, however, living until 1929. Ranger Ben Palmer once saw Massow starting a raid with his trusted saber by his side and asked him in complete seriousness, “Do you want to be killed?” To which Massow replied, “A good soldier is always prepared to die!”. Beginning with the nine veteran cavalrymen from the 1st Virginia Cavalry “loaned” to Mosby in January 1863 – Stuart increased the number to fifteen a few weeks later. Under Mosby’s leadership, they became one of the most outstanding unconventional fighting entities in the history of warfare. He died when he was 82. Brigadier General Thomas Rosser (with the support of Generals Jubal Early and Fitz Lee) urged disbanding Mosby's command in a letter addressed to General Robert E. Lee. My poor mother—Jesus have mercy on her soul!” Upon seeing Atkins’ body, Mosby reportedly said, “There lies a man I would not have given for a whole regiment of Yankees.”. During the life span of Mosby’s command, almost 2000 men rode with him at some point, but the largest group ever to operate together at one time was the approximately 350 who took part in the Berryville Wagon Train raid on August 13, 1864. Another Ranger, Englishman Bradford Smith Hoskins, was not as lucky. Stuart. “He was a brave soldier, and had made many friends while with the command,” fellow Ranger James J. Williamson declared in tribute. This page was last updated January 3rd, 2011. The grave markers of the “Final Ride – Mosby’s Rangers” evoke a myriad of emotions in anyone who gazes upon them. I must confess that his character as a soldier was more on the model of the Hebrew prophets than the Evangelist or the Baptist in whom he was so devout a believer. The men came mostly from Virginia, but at one time or another Mosby also had a Prussian, an Irishman and an Englishman riding with him. . Company A - Organized June 10, 1863, at Rector's Cross Roads, Company B - Organized October 1, 1863, at, Company C - Organized December 7, 1863, at Rectortown, Virginia, Company D - Organized March 28, 1864, at Paris, Virginia, Artillery Company - Organized July 4, 1864, at Paris, Virginia, Company F - Organized September 13, 1864, at Piedmont Station near, Company G - A reorganization of the Artillery Company, November 28, 1864, at Salem in, This page was last edited on 5 September 2020, at 19:57. The post-war lives of many of the men underscore that, when the number who went on to college and became lawyers, doctors, ministers, politicians and highly successful businessmen is taken into consideration. Multiple small actions conducted concurrently enabled the Rangers to cause damage, confusion and alarm across a vast area and led to the feeling on the part of Yankee soldiers that Mosby was ubiquitous and almost phantom-like.

While interrogating Sneden, Mosby "opened his blue cavalry overcoat, showing a Rebel uniform underneath."[12]. Attended the University of Virginia prior to the war. Atkins is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere near Paris, Va. Baron Robert von Massow (Baron Robert August Valentin Albert Reinhold von Massow, to be exact) arrived in Richmond in July 1863. Fifty-eight men who at some time matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute can also be called Mosby Rangers. In his memoirs, John Munson stated that if the objective was simply "to annoy the enemy," they succeeded. On the other hand, Mosby's guerrilla operations were not highly regarded even within the Confederate Army.

John Basilone, US Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Pacific Theater of World War II. They also performed raids in Maryland.[6]. Cab Maddux…made a rather attractive mark, but as the bullets were splashing the water around him, his characteristic solicitude for others was manifested. In that clash, Mosby and about 150 men ambushed and then attacked a 300-man detachment of the 2nd Massachusetts and 16th New York Cavalry regiments. Many years past military age, he rode side by side with his own sons, in the foremost ranks, and his poor maimed and scarred body attested to his familiarity with hot battle.”, Hibbs did revel in the name, and his tombstone in Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Aldie, Va., is clearly marked “MAJOR Wm. This would be the last day of study for Henry Cable Maddux . Born in 1833 in Bishops Taskbrook, Warwickshire, Hoskins joined the British Army’s 44th Foot as a lieutenant and in 1854 served in the Crimean War, where he took part in some of the fiercest fighting. ALEXANDER GIBSON CAREY, Private, Company E. Brother of Ranger James Carey. CHARLES EDWARD GROGAN, 1st Lieutenant, Company D. Author McHenry Howard referred to Grogan as “having as little sense of fear and danger as any man he had ever seen.” Captured at Gettysburg while serving on Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble’s staff and sent to the Johnson’s Island POW camp in Ohio. During the Mount Zion Church fight on July 6, 1864, guerrilla John Alexander "noticed in one of the charges that his mount was unaccountable dull, and in spite of the most vigorous spurring ... fell into the wake of the pursuit." Years afterwards Cab confessed why he gave the false alarm. If he has not yet won a Brigadier's wreath upon his collar, the people have placed upon his brow one far more enduring.

This time, Cab angered Mosby. Hoskins did not lose his sense of wanderlust and ventured to Canada late in 1861. Died October 8, 1899. Served in the 1st Maryland Cavalry before joining Mosby. Art work is used with the permission of the artists. In his later years, he would weigh 450 pounds and be recognized in some newspapers as “the largest man” in Virginia. Worked for several years as the clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in Baltimore, and as a U.S. Army paymaster in 1888. He was…known to every man in the Command and to everybody in that country, as a fighter.”.

His well-varnished account of it was that I ordered him to be shot at sunrise, that he said he hoped it would be a foggy morning, and that I was so much amused by his reply that I relented and pardoned him. This story appeared in the July 2020 issue of America’s Civil War. In the final days of 1862, just outside the little town of Middleburg, Virginia, Major General J. E. B. Stuart made a historic decision. He had faced it a thousand times. Organized the 1897 Mosby Ranger Reunion in Baltimore. The members of the battalion were referred to as soldiers, partisans, rangers, and guerillas. Jeff Probst, game show host and executive producer, best known as the host of the US version the reality show Survivor.

Later, an Englishman named Charles Green who lived nearby in the small town of Greenwich, Va., found Hoskins and took him to his home. A small, intrepid mounted force could charge a much larger one, and with the terrorizing advantage of surprise, rout them. The Yankee's pistol snapped [misfired] but Chapman's did its deadly work. Fortunately, for the disgruntled Chapmans, John Mosby began his unconventional operations in early 1863 in close proximity to where the Chapmans were stationed. One of Mosby's men, Munson stated in memoirs published after the war that "the term [guerrilla] was not applied to us in the South in any general way until after the war, when we had made the name glorious, and in time we became as indifferent to it as the whole South to the word Rebel. Virginian newspapers were eager to carry articles about Mosby's Rangers. . If you continue your quest, you’ll discover some of them interred in the soil of the very states they had battled against so bravely in their youth. In 1906, after nearly 54 years of military service, he retired.

JAMES MONROE HEISKELL, Private, Company C. Great-grandson of President James Monroe. Immediately Colonel Mosby attempted negotiations with the Union commander in Winchester, Virginia, to arrange for the surrender of the 43rd Battalion, but could not come to terms. We had no reason to use a blue uniform as a disguise, for there was no occasion to do so. Farewell. As Massow passed Reed, the Union captain shot him in the back and out of the saddle. In 1899, he was appointed general of the army. Individuals who perform a single courageous deed become almost mythical in stature and become known for achievements that never occurred. All images and articles are the property of their respective owners or SMHS and may not be reproduced elsewhere.