Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916

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Birth 1833-12-06
Death 1916-05-30

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Mosby was a practicing Virginia lawyer who joined the Confederate Army as a private and rose quickly through the ranks to a colonelcy through his brilliant successes as a cavalry officer. He formed a group of rangers who fought under the law of partisan warfare, seizing Union funds and supplies, and audaciously capturing General Stoughton at Fairfax Court House.

From the description of Letters, 1861 June 18-1886 December 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145407018

American diplomat and Confederate partisan ranger known as the Gray Ghost.

From the description of Letters of John S. Mosby [manuscript], 1858 and 1897. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647816349

Confederate ranger.

From the description of Letter: Washington, to Mrs. Lena Noland Haxall, and obituary, 1914 August 21 and 1916 May 30. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 30793121

Lawyer, Confederate colonel and partisan ranger known as "The Gray Ghost."

From the description of Papers of John S. Mosby [manuscript], 1855-1922. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647898611

Confederate officer; U.S. attorney and diplomat.

From the description of Letters : of John S. Mosby, 1902-1903 [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647827194

American lawyer and Confederate general.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Warrenton, Va., to George H. Williams, 1874 Mar. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613074

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Warrenton, Va., to George H. Williams, Attorney General, 1873 Dec. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613072

Confederate army officer, lawyer, and author.

From the description of John Singleton Mosby papers, 1861-1904 (bulk 1861-1869). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981915

John Singleton Mosby practiced law in Virginia and then served as a cavalry officer (primarily as a partisan ranger) for the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the war he joined the Republican Party and held a number of government posts in California, Washington, D.C., and overseas.

From the description of Papers, 1863-1911. (Virginia Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 29907362

Confederate officer; assistant attorney for the U.S. Dept. of Justice (1904-1910).

From the description of Letter, 1906 Jan. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979184

Confederate Cavalry officer and lawyer.

From the description of Papers, 1862-1912. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20019141

Confederate partisan ranger known as "the Gray Ghost, consul at Hong Kong, and assistant attorney for the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

From the description of Letter to A.K. McClure, 1879 October 18. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823268

From the description of Letter to Jesse C. Green, 1888 September 25. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823286

From the description of Letter to General John Adams Halderman, 1881 November 8. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823298

From the description of Letter to Eben Swift, 1910 March 5. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823311

From the description of Letter to Mosby Campbell, 1915 June 2. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823302

From the description of Letter to "Dear Gaston", 1904 August 27. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48581704

From the description of Papers of John S. Mosby, 1881-1916. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823275

From the description of Letter to Forest Beattie, 1910 December 6. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823299

From the description of Letter to "Dear Gaston" [manuscript], 1904 August 27. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647921966

From the description of Letter to Robert Maroney, 1906 August 23. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48823307

Mosby commanded a battalion of Confederate partisan rangers operating in Virginia during the Civil War. After the war, he had a successful career as a lawyer and diplomat, and authored several books and articles about the war.

From the description of Letters, 1887-1894. (Auburn University). WorldCat record id: 26022547

Mosby was a Virginia-born lawyer, Confederate officer, U.S. consul to Hong Kong (1878-1885), and assistant attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice (1904-1910).

From the description of Letter : Hong Kong, to Stilson Hutchins, 1879 June 29 [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647834286

From the description of Letter : Hong Kong, to Stilson Hutchins, 1879 June 29. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 29733891

Confederate partisan ranger.

From the description of Scrapbooks of John S. Mosby [manuscript], 1869-1915. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647817401

John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) of Powhatan County, Va., was a lawyer and Confederate officer. Mosby was educated at the University of Virginia and worked as a lawyer in Washington County, Va., prior to the Civil War. In 1861, Mosby enlisted in the 1st Virginia Cavalry. He was eventually promoted to colonel and led the 43rd Battalion, 1st Virginia Cavalry. After the war Mosby returned to practicing law in Warrenton, Va., and San Francisco, Calif. He also served at the United States Consul in Hong Kong, China.

From the guide to the John Singleton Mosby Papers, ., 1882-1916, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Robert William Hughes was born at Muddy Creek Plantation, Powhatan County, Va. in 1821. His parents died in 1822 and he was raised by Edward C. Carrington and Eliza Preston Carrington. He attended Caldwell Institute, Greensboro, N. C. and studied law in Fincastle, Va. He married Eliza M. Johnston, niece of Joseph E. Johnston and the adopted daughter and niece of John B. Floyd. Hughes' son was Robert Morton Hughes. Robert William Hughes was a newspaper editor and federal district attorney. Involved in post Civil War Republican Party politics, he was nominated for governor of Virginia and for Congress but did not win. He was appointed judge of the federal court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • 16 Jan. 1821: Born at Muddy Creek Plantation, Powhatan Co., Va.,the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Woodson (Morton) Hughes.
  • 1822: Both parents died, and Hugheswas raised by Gen. Edward C. Carringtonand his wife, Eliza(Preston) Carringtonof Halifax Co., Va.(family relationship not known).
  • Ca. 1833 - 1837 : "put to the carpenter's trade in Princeton, N.J."
  • Ca. 1837 - 1838 : Attended Caldwell Institute,Greensboro, N.C.
  • Ca. 1839: Tutor, Bingham High School,Hillsboro, N.C.
  • 1843: Studied law, Fincastle, Va.
  • 1846: Began practice of law, Richmond, Va.
  • 4 June 1850: Married Eliza M. Johnston,(1825-1908), niece of Gen. Joseph E. Johnstonand niece and adopted daughter of John Buchananand Sarah (Preston) Floyd.
  • 1850: Began writing editorials for the Richmond Examiner.
  • 1853 - 1857 : Editor of the Richmond Examinerwhile regular editor in Europe.
  • 1855: Birth of son, Robert Morton Hughes.
  • 1857 - 1861 : Editor of the Washington Union,and lived in home of Secretary of War John Buchanan Floyd.
  • 1861: Birth of son, Floyd Hughes(2 other children died young)
  • 1861: Because of "chronic disease" retired to a farm near Abingdon, Va.,where General and Mrs. Floyd1ived with the Hughes family.
  • 1861 - 1864 : Wrote for the Richmond Examiner,showing hostility toward Jefferson Davis' administration.
  • 1865 - 1866 : Edited the Richmond Republic,and generally pursued a course that considered "nimble"
  • 1868: Delegate to National Democratic Convention.
  • 1869 - 1870 : Editor of the Richmond State Journal.
  • Ca. 1870: Wounded William E. Cameronin a duel.
  • 1872: Named federal district attorney by Grant administration.
  • 1872: Nominated for Congressbut did not win.
  • 1873: Nominated for Governor of Virginiabut did not win.
  • 1874: Named Judge of federal court for the Eastern District of Va.
  • 1898: Resigned judgeship.
  • 1901: Died at Abingdon, Va.

Dictionary of American Biography

From the guide to the Inventory of the Robert William Hughes Papers, 1818-1900, (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)

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