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 best-known personality of the command. It must be remembered, however, that the unit was comprised of many other exceptional men who were able to carry out Mosby's orders with dash, elan and a very high rate of success. 


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 books have evolved over almost fifteen years of research and they provide tremendous insight into some of the men who rode with Mosby's Rangers. The in-depth biographical material contained in my books. The information in my books was gleaned from written anecdotes, personal accounts, letters, news articles, obituaries and a wide variety of other sources. The stories and articles you will read in the books clearly show that COL Mosby was extremely fortunate in the quality of the men who served under him. My books provide 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.


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 books apart from others. 


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.


The one thing that has always fascinated me most about the War Between the States is the stories about the men who fought in it. 


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.


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Mosby’s Rangers: Many Hazardous Exploits


Stories, information and photos of 40 of the men who rode with Mosby’s Rangers. There is a wide variety of personalities in this book that include a Ranger deserter turned Union Scout, a member of the group involved with John Wilkes Booth, a man Mosby called one of the most intelligent men he had ever met and a man who survived the war and lived into old age before being killed by a car while he was walking home from church. Multiple photographs of the men are included.


Rangers profiled in the book are:

Peyton L. Anderson

William Wirt Ashby

Charles Fenton Beavers

Charles Edward Biedler

Charles “Charley” Binns

Stacy Budd Bispham

Edward Bredell, Jr.

LT David Stone Briscoe

William Throckmorton Brooke

Edward Trenton Brumback

Cornelius Jerome Coiner

John W. Dunning

Charles Allen Dunnington

Phillip Byrd Eastham

Dr. Rezin Samuel Farr

Richard Ratcliffe Farr

Josiah P. Gayle, Mordecai J. Gayle and Thomas Benton Gayle

Dr. Thomas Fitzhugh Grayson

John Washington Heflin

James Monroe Heiskell

Charles E. Hoge

William Lyle Hunter, Jr.

Lycurgus “Curg” Emory Hutchison

Henry “Coley” C. Jordan

Edward Felix Kloman

Matthew Ferrell Magner

REV Landon Randolph Mason

Albert “Ab” G. Minor

James Blythe Moore

William Warden Patteson

Lewis Thornton Powell

Norman Vincent Randolph

Stephen Brooks Rollins

John “Rhoderick Dhu” Sealock

George Richard Lee Turberville

Charles Henry Walker

William Armistead Wall

Francis “Frank” Marion Woolf


Author: Eric W. Buckland                  Pages: 230 (Soft Cover)

Mosby's Rangers: Colts & Courage


I am extremely proud of my new work! The book offers a wonderful collection of stories, newspaper articles, obituaries, letters, obituaries and passage from long out-of-print books about 42 men who rode with Mosby’s Rangers. The book is also full of photos of the men when they were Rangers and later in life. Each Ranger’s wartime experiences and life story is compelling and exciting.


These are the Rangers whose stories are in the book:

Francis “Frank” Marion Angelo – “Mocking Bird”

Henry Stribling Ashby

Alexander Gulick Babcock

John N. Ballard

Fountain “Fount” Beattie

Bartlett H. Bolling

Henry Newlon Brawner

John Charles Buchanan

Nicholas Buchholz (Skeldon)

William Samuel Coffman

Edward Dorsey Cole

John H. Core

William Gideon Crigler

Henry Clay Dear

Walter E. Frankland

Frank “Zoo” Geschky

John Gill

George Walker Gilmer

Alfred Glascock

Charles Edward Grogan

James W. “John” Hammond

Henry G. Harris

Robert Montgomery Harrover

Edward S. “Ned” Hurst

Zachariah Fleming Jones

James C. Kincheloe and William S. Kincheloe

Thomas “Tommie” William Smith Lake

Robert McGill Mackall

Hugh Milton McIlhany

William A. Mickler (“Iron Scout”)

William H. “Willie” Mosby

William E. “Pony” Ormsby

Robert Blanks Parrott

Frank Henry “Red Fox” Rahm

Christopher Columbus Shaw

Henry Thomas “Harry” Sinnott

George Meacham Slater

Channing Meade Smith

Benjamin T. Spindle and Robert Leachman Spindle

Franklin “Frank” Williams


Author: Eric W. Buckland            Pages: 324 (Soft Cover)

Mosby's Rangers: A Legacy of Success


The men who rode with Mosby were highly successful on the battlefield and for many, the same intelligence, courage, innovation and imagination they used to win acclaim as warriors carried over to their careers after the war. "Mosby's Rangers: A Legacy of Success" details the lives and accomplishments of thirty-three of those men. In that very remarkable group of thirty-three, "A Legacy of Success" describes how those Mosby Rangers went on to make their mark as lawyers, doctors, ministers, law enforcement officers and millionaires. Multiple photographs of the men are included.


Profiles include:



John Henry Alexander

George Baylor

David Stone Briscoe

James "Jimmy" Vass Chilton

James Keith

John Singleton Mosby

Stephen Cowling Perrow

Henry Malcolm Withers

Daniel Giraud Wright



Dr. Lawrence Stirling Alexander

Dr. Boswell Preston Anderson

Dr. Lawrence Ashton

Dr. William Logan Dunn

Dr. Charles Albert "Ab" Fox

Dr. Briscoe Baldwin Ranson

Dr. William Garland Smith

Dr. James Richard Sowers

Dr. Zachariah Turner Sowers

Dr. John Samuel Waggaman

Dr. James Girard Wiltshire



REV. William Henry Atwill

REV. William Franklin Ball

REV. Frederick William Claybrook

REV. Franklin Howard Kerfoot

REV. Edwin "Ned" Bridges Snead


(Law Enforcement)

James Monroe Barbee

James Richardson Brent

John Cromwell Orrick, Jr.

Wallace Norman Tansill



Joseph Bryan

Charles Edward Conrad

William George Conrad

Charles "Broadway" Rouss. 


Author: Eric W. Buckland       Pages: 304 (Soft Cover)

They Rode With Mosby


Some of Mosby's Rangers gained greater fame than their comrades. In some cases it was because they were officers in the command and mentioned more often than the Rangers they supervised. Other Rangers gained notoriety as a result of their daring and bravery. "They Rode With Mosby" provides an extraordinary amount of information on twenty-four of Mosby's best known men. Their lives during and after the war are detailed in the book. Many of the stories about their actions are compiled here for the first time. The strong personalities, leadership abilities, strength and courage exhibited by these men makes it easy to understand why Mosby's Rangers were so successful and became the scourge of so many Union Cavalry units that entered "Mosby's Confederacy." 



William Henry Chapman

Sydnor Gilbert Ferguson

Bradford Smith Hoskins

Aristides Monteiro

Joseph Henry Nelson

Adolphus Edward Richards

James Foster Ames

John Cromwell Orrick, Jr.

Henry H. Hatcher

Robert Stringfellow Walker

Alexander Gulick Babcock

Baron Robert von Massow

Joseph Bryan

Edward Francis Thomson

Henry Cabell Maddox

Walter Bowie

Albert Gallatin Willis

William Thomas Overby

Richard Paul Montjoy

Bushrod Underwood

Robert Woodford Eastham

Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow

John Singleton Russell

Samuel Forrer Chapman.


Author: Eric W. Buckland          Pages: 294 (Soft Cover)

From Rockbridge to Loudoun: Mosby's Keydet Rangers


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.



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

Lloyd Washington.


Author: Eric Buckland  Pages: 366 (Soft Cover)

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 (which has been re-titled From Rockbridge to Loudoun: Mosby's Keydet Rangers and contains almost 200 more pages of information and 60 new photos), 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. 


     I am currently the President of The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society.

"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