The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby, edited by Charles Wells Russell, 1917

Mosby, John S., Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1917.  First edition. Octavo, rebound in green cloth and black quarter leather binding. Housed in a matching slipcase.

This first edition book was published in 1917 by Little, Brown, and Company in Boston, Massachusetts. It compiles the personal experiences of Colonel John S. Mosby throughout his lifetime and during the American Civil War.

John Singleton Mosby was known as the “Virginian of the Virginians.” Mosby was born in 1833 in Powhatan, Virginia. He worked predominantly as an attorney until the Civil War, in which he was a private of the 1st Virginia Cavalry under General J. E. B. Stuart and Robert E. Lee. The Cavalry became known as “Mosby’s Rangers” who were able to elude Union forces through swift movements and deceit. Midway through the war, Mosby was promoted to Colonel under James A. Seddon.

An excellent writer, Mosby wrote as a way to document his experiences in the battles he witnessed. Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby was published posthumously in 1917, after his death in 1916.   


This 1917 original work has been rebound in a beautiful sage green cloth and black quarter leather binding. It features raised bands and gilt tooling along the spine. It is accompanied by a sage green slipcase with a gilt embossed signature and black and white photograph of the author.

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