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The 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry - "Mosby's Rangers" - is one of the most famous units of the Civil War. Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the 43rd's only commander, has had several books written about him and he remains the "face" of the command. There is no doubt that he was an exceptional leader and that his personal story is both fascinating and compelling. As a tribute to his remarkable success as a leader of men fighting against the United States, John S. Mosby became a member of the first group of men inducted into the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame located in FT. Benning, GA. His inclusion in that select collection of distinguished and heroic men speaks volumes about the respect the United States Army continues to have for Mosby.

 

However, it must be remembered that there would never have been a "Mosby" had it not been for the men - Mosby Men - who rode with him.

 

No military leader achieves greatness without having singularly outstanding and talented subordinates executing his orders - such was the case with Mosby. If the individual excellence of the men was not clearly demonstrated by their actions during the war, it was most certainly displayed as they matured and moved forward with their lives once the war ended.

 

My books have evolved through almost ten years of research. They provide in-depth biographical material (anecdotes, personal accounts, letters, news articles, obituaries) on select Mosby Rangers. While reading any of the books, it becomes clear that COL Mosby was extremely fortunate in the quality of the men - men who went on to become noted physicians, lawyers, ministers, lawmen and millionaires - who joined his command. Each book provides the reader with a remarkable amount of never before published information about the men. Additionally, biographical details found in rare newspaper clippings and long out-of-print books enhance each Ranger's chapter.

 

When combined, the contents of the books give the reader an intimate view of the triumphs, and tragedies, of some of the men who rode with Mosby.

 

I do not know of any other books that focus on the junior officers and men of a famed military unit to the extent that mine do.

 

Of course, many of the best known fights of Mosby's Rangers are woven into the fabric of each book, but they are described from the perspective of the individual Rangers who took part in them. That unique "boots on the ground", or perhaps more correctly "in the saddle", perspective is what sets my books apart from others.

MY BOOKS:

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MOSBY RANGER BURIAL LOCATIONS

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Mosby Ranger Burial Locations

This soft-cover, 64- page booklet contains the burial locations of more than 950 Mosby Rangers. It is the result of several years of research and "scouts" taken to locate many of the graves. It is an excellent addition to the library of anyone with a deep interest in the men who rode with COL John Singleton Mosby and the legendary Mosby's Rangers.

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MOSBY'S KEYDET RANGERS (THIRD EDITION)

WITH 60 NEW PAGES OF BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEN AND 40 MORE PHOTOGRAPHS!!!

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MOSBY'S KEYDET RANGERS

Profiles: Lewis Benjamin Adie, Winchester Durham Belvin, Edmund Berkeley, Jr., Henry Clay Bowen, James Pollard Bowen, William Brownley Bowen, Walter Bowie, Henry Clay Chamblin, Roger Preston Chew, Walter Scott Chewning, John Henshaw Clarkson, Frederick William Claybrook, Cleveland B. Coleman, Nathaniel Ragsdale Coleman, Beverly Sydnor Crews, John Thomas Crow, Charles Henry Dear, John Carter Edmonds, Griffin Taylor Garnett, Edwin Gibson, Henry Huntington Harrison, Frederick Southgate Hipkins, John Horsley, Charles Buckler Hundley, Jacob Peck Imboden, William Edward Jackson, Charles S. Jones, James Foley kemper, William H. Kennedy, Jr., Alexander Hamilton Leftwich, Robert Nelson Locke, Alexander Lyle, John Willis McCue, Newton McVeigh, Henry St. Cyr Menefee, David Guin Mohler, Jacob Luther Moon, Robert Edward Nelson, Andrew Hetherton Nott, William Benjamin Palmer, John Crump Porter, John James Audubon Powell, Ralph Hylton Prosser, George Edward Raum, Lafayette Penn Rodes, Lawrence Royster, Matthew Vincent Scurry, Frederick Waugh Smith, James Marsden Smith, John Franklin Sowers, William Henry Talley, John Tayloe, Jr., James Frank Turner, Townsend Heaton Vandevanter, Charles Pinkney Walker, John Eliott Walker, John Tyler Waller and Lloyd Washington. Author: Eric Buckland Pages: 255 (Hard Cover) Year: 2010 Publishers: That Fateful Night Press Contents This book is a collection of biographical information about the 58 men who matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and also rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry - Mosby's Rangers. 21 of the men also fought with the Corps of Cadets at the Battle of New Market. The men profiled in the book (average age in 1864 was 18) packed a lot of living into their lives before turning 20, but many went on to have even more thrilling and productive lives after the war. Charlie Dear was 16 when he left VMI to join Mosby - he was wounded 12 times as a Ranger, but lived to be a rough and ready 82 year old. George Raum lived a life so full of experiences and travels that it is almost beyond belief. He had a private meeting with the Pope, attended the coronation of the Czar of Russia and made new discoveries while excavating the Sphinx. Ben Palmer, it was said, was so polite that he would ask to be excused while shooting a Yankee. The book also contains many photos of the men that are not even found in the VMI Archives.

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MOSBY MEN

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MOSBY MEN

Profiles: James F. "Big Yankee" Ames, Alexander Gulick Babcock, John N. Ballard, George Baylor, Charles Fenton Beavers, James Richard Brent, Joseph Bryan, Charles Edward Conrad, Robert Woodford "Bob Ridley" Eastham, Sydnor Gilbert Ferguson, Walter E. Frankland, Frank "Zoo" Geschky (Johnson), Charles E. Grogan, Henry G. Harris, William Lyle Hunter, Jr., Zachariah Fleming Jones, Robert McGill Mackall, Matthew Ferrell Magner, John Cromwell Orrick, Jr. (aka George Washington Arrington), Adolphus "Dolly" Edward Richards, John Singleton Russell, George Meacham Slater, Channing Meade Smith, Baron Robert Von Massow, Robert Stringfellow Walker and Albert Gallatin Willis. Author: Eric Buckland Pages: 192 (Soft Cover) Year: 2011 Publishers: That Fateful Night Press Contents An in-depth compilation of fascinating biographical information on 26 men who rode with Mosby's Rangers. The book also contains many photos of the men. In this book you will meet Charles Edward Conrad who was 14 when he joined Mosby. After the war, he and his brother traveled to Montana and arrived there with one silver dollar between them. Within ten years they were both millionaires. The story of John Cromwell Orrick, Jr. who left his home state as a man wanted for murder and ended life as a highly respected law man named George Washington Arrington is told. The book brings the men to life once more and leaves no doubt as to the quality (usually excellent, sometimes "questionable") of the men who comprised the heart and soul of Mosby's Rangers.

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MOSBY MEN II

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MOSBY MEN II

Profiles: Lawrence Stirling Alexander, Boswell Preston Anderson, William Henry Atwill, Fountain "Fount" Beattie, Charles E. Biedler, Stacy Budd Bispham, Walter "Wat" Bowie, William Gardner Brawner, Edward Bredell, Jr., William Throckmorton Brooke, William George Conrad, John H. Core, William Logan Dunn, John Gill, George Walker Gilmer, Robert Montgomery Harrover, Franklin Howard Kerfoot, Henry Cabell Maddux, Jr., Landon Randolph Mason, Richard Paul Montjoy, Joseph Henry Nelson, William Thomas Overby, Robert Blanks Parrott, Norman Vincent Randolph, Charles Broadway Rouss, Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Stringfellow and Cornelius Clarkson Watts. Author: Eric Buckland Pages: 211 Year: 2011 Publishers: That Fateful Night Press Contents Detailed biographical information, coupled with passages from books, letters, newspaper articles and many other sources of personal details comprise this book about 27 more men who rode with Mosby's Rangers. The reader will meet "Cab" Maddux who joined Mosby by jumping on an old nag while walking out of school one day as some of the Rangers rode by in pursuit of Yankee raiders and took part in the chase. He was 14. After the war, the 5' 5" Maddux weighed over 400 pounds and was known throughout Virginia as a "Sporting Man". Charles Broadway Rouss who went off to New York City after the war with some change in the pocket of his old Confederate uniform (the only clothes he owned) to make his fortune is profiled in the book. He did make his fortune - to the tune of several million dollars.

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MOSBY MEN III

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MOSBY MEN III

Profiles: Joseph Hancock Blackwell, Bartlett Bolling, Nicholas Buccholz (Skeldon), William Henry Chapman, William Samuel Coffman, Edward Dorsey Cole, William Gideon Crigler, Henry Clay Dear, Dallas Furr, Thomas Fitzhugh Grayson, Charles Turner Hawling, Bradford Smith Hoskins, Richard Elliott Hopkins, Henry Cowles Jordan, Edward Felix Kloman, Thomas William Smith Lake, Hugh Milton McIlhany, Aristides Monteiro, James Blythe Moore, William Warden Patteson, Frank Henry Rahm, Briscoe Baldwin Ranson, Charles Urquhart Richardson, William Edward Saunders, Christopher Columbus Shaw (Meshaw), James Albert Spicer, Benjamin T. Spindle, Robert Leachman Spindle, George Richard Lee Turberville, the Underwood Brothers: Bushrod, John and Samuel, Samuel John Waggaman, Charles Henry Walker, Walter Scott Whaley and Francis Marion Woolf Author: Eric Buckland Pages: 240 (Soft Cover) Year: 2012 Publishers: That Fateful Night Press Contents Mosby Men III presents an extraordinary collection of biographical information about 36 more men who rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry. Included in the book as an appendix is a copy of a very rare booklet written by Captain Bradford Smith Hoskins - a one-time British-serving officer who was mortally wounded while riding with Mosby's Rangers.

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MOSBY MEN IV

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MOSBY MEN IV

Profiles: Henry Stribling Ashby, Samuel Mordecai Bolling, Henry Newlon Brawner, John W. Dunning, Charles Allen Dunnington, The Gayle Brothers: Josiah Pitt, Mordecai John & Thomas Benton, Alfred Glascock, Harry H. "Harry" Hatcher, James Monroe Heiskell, Charles E. Hoge, Edward S. "Ned" Hurst, William Dyson Kenney, Albert G. "Ab" Minor, William E. "Pony" Ormsby, Lewis Thornton Powell, Silas Putnam, Edward Francis "Ned" Thomson, James Girard Wiltshire, Daniel Giraud Wright. Plus: More on Charles "Broadway" Rouss, Mosby Ranger Reunions, Johns Edward Hopkins and speeches by the author.

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A Short Bio

I was born in Kansas City, KS. My family moved shortly after my birth to Connecticut and that is where I was raised. After graduating from the Hotchkiss School in 1973, I attended the University of Kansas from which I graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in English and a commission as a 2LT in the United States Army.

 

Following an initial assignment as a Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), I began my career in Special Forces. With the exception of commanding a company in the 82nd Airborne Division and the aforementioned time with the "Screaming Eagles", my entire 22-year military career was spent in Special Operations (Special Forces, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs). I had multiple deployments to Panama, Honduras and El Salvador in the 1980's. I believe that my military experience in both insurgency and counter-insurgency provides me with a unique understanding of Mosby's Rangers.

 

Some of my awards include the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Diver Badge and the Combat Infantryman's badge. I retired in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel. 

 

My interest in Mosby's Rangers began when I was a young boy and increased during my time in the military. My first book, Mosby's Keydet Rangers, began as a tribute to both the Rangers and my youngest son, who was then a Rat at VMI. While working on that book, I constantly found bits and pieces of information on other Rangers (not affiliated with VMI) and all of those became the genesis for my next books. 



On June 6th, 2011, it was my distinct honor and privilege to have been presented the prestigious United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for: Historical research on the 3rd Arkansas Infantry; writing Mosby's Keydet Rangers; and editing The Millionaire Mosby Ranger, Charles Broadway Rouss. 

What fascinates me most about the War Between the States are the stories about the men who fought in it. Since I was young, I have had an affinity for the men who fought for the South and the exciting, surprising and rivetting stories of the men in my books have deepened my interest in them. 

 

The stories I have found about the men who rode with Mosby have put a "face" to the war and to the America that developed after it. They are stories that must be told......and remembered.  

"A small force moving with celerity and threatening many points on a line can neutralize a hundred times its own number." COL John S. Mosby