From the era of the American Civil War that personality of John Singleton Mosby most interesting.
Depending on your perspective, Mosby a cold-blooded cowardly assassin and bushwacker [North] or a noble cavalier able to outfox and flummox the clumsy and awkward Yankee [South].
As you might well imagine, the truth much more complex and difficult.
Without question, Mosby an outstanding leader of combat irregulars. An amateur indeed able to "outfox and flummox" the professional. A gifted and intuitive commander, a master of partisan warfare.
"John Singleton Mosby . . . nicknamed the 'Gray Ghost', was a Confederate Army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War. His command . . . Mosby's Raiders, was a partisan ranger unit noted for its lightning quick raids and its ability to elude Union Army pursuers and disappear"
This famous photograph of Mosby in full regalia the haughtiness of which is well deserved. Those partisan rangers under the command of Mosby eschewing long guns and cavalry saber, rather carrying at all times four fully loaded revolvers and nothing more.
According to Shelby Foote that Confederate soldier during the American Civil War said to possess more elan' that his Yankee counterpart. Spirited action and dash! Read from the Internet this series of entries, explaining quite well the Southern attitude of honor, chivalry, and comportment on the battlefield.
1. "Col. John Mosby and the Southern code of honor"
"Col. John Mosby and the Southern code of honor the wartime image of Mosby emerged as a gallant knight, a defender of women and children, an inheritor of an ancient line of noble warriors. Union supporters meanwhile branded Mosby no more than a horse thief."
2. "A Brief Biography"
"Their [the Rangers] primary objective consisted of destroying railroad supply lines between Washington and Northern Virginia, as well as intercepting dispatches and horses and capturing Union soldiers . . . Gen. Robert E. Lee cited Mosby for meritorious service more often than any other Confederate officer during the course of the war."
3. "Honorable Violence"
4. "Physical appearance and the code of honor"
5. "Mosby and Oath-taking"
6. "The Mark of Gentility"
7. "The Tradition of Chivalry"
8. "Mosby and the North"
9. "Mosby after the War"
Mosby in the aftermath of the war his career also quite remarkable. Reconciled and assuming a number of important Federal government positions to include the Diplomatic Corps!