Norman Dietz delivers an exciting performance in Mosby’s Men, John H. Alexander’s firsthand account of the Civil War from the perspective of a Confederate soldier.
Alexander served under John S. Mosby, who was a Virginia lawyer turned cavalry commander during the war. The members of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, "Mosby’s Men", were known for their sudden strikes on their Union enemies. Alexander writes admiringly of Mosby and describes in great detail their tactics and various missions.
Dietz’s delivery rises in intensity and speed during this audiobook’s many thrilling moments.
Mosby's Men is John H. Alexander's eyewitness account of his days with Mosby's Confederate Raiders, a small band of about 400 rough riders who chased 40,000 Union soldiers during the height of the Civil War. Riding 50 miles a day with very little rest, Mosby's Men perfected the "skedaddle", a baffling, highly effective guerrilla tactic that enabled them to make sneak attacks, evade capture, and constantly traverse enemy territory. The Raiders gained great acclaim in the Confederacy for their success, and ultimately forced the Union soldiers to within 50 miles of their capital. Alexander's detailed, down-to-earth, disarming account makes Mosby's Men an essential memoir about the Civil War and some of its most daring soldiers.
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"Dietz brings our the color and adventure of Alexander's well-written book." (The Express)
john mosby's early life was a steady dose of adversity
he flunked out of hampden-sydney college after 2 years
never weighing more than 125 lbs. he was picked on constantly
he couldn't get through UVA without being thrown in jail
after becoming a lawyer he moved to far away SW virginia
he wanted to leave privilege and landed gentry behind
prior to the war he supported the union and feared secession
when the conflict finally came he enlisted as a CSA private
he didn't seek or receive any special treatment
the confederate generals fought as they were taught at west point
their union general classmates sort of knew what to expect
mosby would have none of that style of war
vietnam / afghanistan / guatemala / eastern congo
prolonged small arms insurgency and local guerilla warfare
mosby knew this hit-and-run style of war by heart
the story is told with excellent narration and an ironic text
? could the south have held out longer
? was a guerilla style of war better suited to their assets
it is hard to sympathize with an army that fought to defend slavery
the south was outgunned and outmanned from the beginning
john mosby did 1) what he could 2) with what he had 3) where he was
there is a lesson there for modern southern readers
think strategically and move the fight to the arena of your advantage
have a brave rebel heart but connect it to a cool yankee mind
63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible
The story told is about the writer, not about Mosby. I found it lacking in substance and a bit short on story. Not worth the credit or money.
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