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John S. Mosby
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Mosby during the 1860s
Birth name John Singleton Mosby
Nickname(s) "The Gray Ghost"
Born (1833-12-06)December 6, 1833
Powhatan County, Virginia, U.S.
Died May 30, 1916(1916-05-30) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Buried
Warrenton Cemetery
Warrenton, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States of America Army
Years of service 1861–1865
Rank Confederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
Unit 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry
Commands held Mosby's Rangers
Battles/wars American Civil War
Signature John S Mosby signature.svg

John Singleton Mosby (December 6, 1833 – May 30, 1916), also known by his nickname, the "Gray Ghost", was a Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War. His command, the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, known as Mosby's Rangers or Mosby's Raiders, was a partisan ranger unit noted for its lightning-quick raids and its ability to elude Union Army pursuers and disappear, blending in with local farmers and townsmen. The area of northern central Virginia in which Mosby operated with impunity was known during the war and ever since as Mosby's Confederacy. After the war, Mosby became a Republican and worked as an attorney, supporting his former enemy's commander, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. He also served as the American consul to Hong Kong and in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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