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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. However, it must be remembered that there would never have been a "Mosby" had it not been for the men - each was proud to call himself a "Mosby Man" - who rode with him.

 

No military leader achieves greatness without having singularly outstanding and talented subordinates executing his orders and that 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 newest book, "From Rockbridge To Loudoun", has evolved over more than  ten years of research. It provides in-depth biographical material (anecdotes, personal accounts, letters, news articles, obituaries) on the 57 men who matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and rode with Mosby Rangers. Information and stories in the book about the men clearly show 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. The 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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 book have deepened my interest in them. 

 

The stories I have found about the men who rode with Mosby are compelling. They tell the story of the war and its aftermath at a personal level. They are stories that must be told......and remembered.

MY NEWEST BOOK

FROM ROCKBRIDGE TO LOUDOUN                  

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FROM ROCKBRIDGE TO LOUDOUN

This book is a collection of biographical information about the 57 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.

 

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, 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: 366 (Hard Cover)

 

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FROM ROCKBRIDGE TO LOUDOUN

$35.00 excl. VAT

This book is a collection of biographical information about the 57 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.

 

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, 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: 366 (Hard Cover)

 


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Speaking at the 18th Annual Civil War Seminar - Leadership in the Civil War at Longwood University on February 18, 2017. The event was co-sponsored by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park & Longwood University. My presentation was entitled: "John S. Mosby: The Perfect Man In The Perfect Place".

A Short Bio

I graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in English and a commission as a 2LT in the United States Army.

 

Most of my 22-year military career - I retired from the Army as a LTC - 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 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. 

On October 3, 2013 I received a second award of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for my “Mosby Men” series of books.   

At the grave site of COL John S. Mosbyafter an event to honor his birthday in Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, Virginia. I am holding one of the pistols he carried during the war. To the left is Mosby's "citation" and medallion for his induction into the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

 

Gave a little tour on Sunday, June 11, 2017, with a couple of my buddies for the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Most of the participants were part of the Mosby Ranger Descendent Reunion. We visited a house where Mosby got a little too relaxed and couldn't do much as he watched a Union prisoner hop on his (Mosby's) horse and gallop away in escape. Along with Mosby's horse, the Union cavalryman made off with Mosby's saddle with his saddlebags and two of his pistols in holsters on the saddle. The photo was taken next to the house and I am holding those two pistols......

Speaking at John S. Mosby's grave in Warrenton Cemetery during the 37th Annual Fall Mosby Tour on 23 September 2017.

In this photo taken in Sharon Cemetery in Middleburg, Virginia, I am talking about Ranger William Henry Smallwood who was mortally wounded in action at the Mt. Zion Church Fight on July 6, 1864. Smallwood was the only Ranger killed in what was a stunning and decisive victory for Mosby's Rangers over Union troopers from the 2d Massachusetts and 13th New York.  The day after this photo was taken, a descendant of Smallwood, Jim Hurst (also a descendant of noted Ranger "Ned" Hurst), returned to his grave and did a wonderful job cleaning the marker because it had become almost illegible. 

"A small force moving with celerity and threatening many points on a line can neutralize a hundred times its own numbers."

                                            COL John S. Mosby