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IV

John Singleton Mosby

(1833–1916)

COLONEL JOHN SINGLETON MOSBY, CSA, was the consummate guerrilla. Excerpts from his writings are included here for the lessons they may give in guerrilla, counter-guerrilla and counterterrorist warfare, all of importance today. He is among the few historical figures in the Hall of Fame of the United States Army Ranger Association.1 Mosby used the friendly Virginia population as what Mao Zedong later called “a vast sea in which to drown the enemy.”2 While Mosby’s “sea” extended only to the Potomac, it allowed him and his “Children of the Mist”3 to strike at the enemy and disappear.

Mosby became a storied Southern hero at the head of “Mosby’s Rangers” (officially, the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry). The Federals ...

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