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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 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.

MY BOOKS

 

Mosby's Rangers: A Legacy of Success

Mosby's Rangers: A Legacy of Success

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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:(Lawyers) - 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; (Doctors) - 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, Dt. Zachariah Turner Sowers, Dr. John Samuel Waggaman, Dr. James Girard Wiltshire; (Ministers) - 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; (Millionaires) - Joseph Bryan, Charles Edward Conrad, William George Conrad, Charles "Broadway" Rouss. 

 

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

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Mosby's Rangers: A Legacy of Success

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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:(Lawyers) - 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; (Doctors) - 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, Dt. Zachariah Turner Sowers, Dr. John Samuel Waggaman, Dr. James Girard Wiltshire; (Ministers) - 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; (Millionaires) - Joseph Bryan, Charles Edward Conrad, William George Conrad, Charles "Broadway" Rouss. 

 

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


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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 (Soft Cover)

 

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From Rockbridge to Loudoun

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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 (Soft Cover)

 


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They Rode With Mosby

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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 noteriety 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." 

 

Profiles: 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 and Samuel Forrer Chapman.

 

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They Rode With Mosby

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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 noteriety 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." 

 

Profiles: 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 and Samuel Forrer Chapman.

 


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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