The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby

Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, Military
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the American Civil War, or the War between the States, three dashing cavalry leaders - Stuart, Forrest, and Mosby - so captured the public imagination that their exploits took on a glamour, which we associate - as did the writers of the time - with the deeds of the Waverley characters and the heroes of chivalry. Of the three leaders, Colonel John S. Mosby (1833 - 1916), was, perhaps, the most romantic figure. In the South, his dashing exploits made him one of the great heroes of the "Lost Cause". In the North, he was painted as the blackest of redoubtable scoundrels.

This is his story in his own words.

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not the most mesmerizing memoirs…

... but priceless in its revelation of certain obscure events and interactions between great personalities. Mosby‘s defense of long maligned Stewart at Gettysburg is most revelatory, and his relationship with Grant subsequent to the Civil War in which he anecdotally details several kindnesses from his former enemy certainly makes this Volume both a pleasurable listen and terrific history.

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Remarkable Personality

This was a remarkable personality. The respect paid to him after the war is one indicator, by people like US Grant. A commitment to his cause combined with amazing grit and disregard for his own safety. The fact that he took such large numbers of prisoners in lieu of the alternative was notable. That his prisoners so quickly surrendered to his capture I also thought interesting. He was a small man physically, but he was evidently taken seriously on the battlefield and they needed no further pursuasion that surrender was their only option.

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Excellent.

A perspective that would be most useful to US history students today. History without a modern or revisionist lens, but through the eyes of a most interesting character from our past.

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Too Little Story

Too many facts that were very difficult to follow. I liked the story of his life and things he did, but there were way too many details that were hard to follow about certain events. For example his defense of General Stuart.

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A must read

It is an important book for anyone studying the Civil War. It is also important for anyone studying partisan warfare or insurgencies.

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America's first action hero!

Awesome individual whose personal daring drew respect from friends as well as the Union Army.