Fairfax Raid


by Mort Kunstler

Overall Print Size: 23" x 32½"

Edition Size: 2750

March 9, 1863 - Slipping through enemy lines, the tiny band of gray-clad horse soldiers rode quietly past the snow-covered fields and forests of Northern Virginia. Leading them was twenty-nine-year old Lieutenant John Singleton Mosby, a former scout for Confederate cavalry commander J.E.B. Stuart. Their target was Fairfax Court House, and their intent was to capture a Yankee...outside Fairfax Court House, they passed undetected through a gap in the Northern picket line and entered the village in the early morning darkness. There Mosby raided the headquarters of Brigadier General Edwin H. Stoughton, and roused the Federal general from his bed with a slap on the backside. Stoughton demanded to know who had so rudely awakened him. Recalled Mosby: "I then asked him if he had ever heard of Mosby, and he said he had. 'I am Mosby,' I said... 'be quick and dress.' Evading several thousand Northern troops, Mosby and his men made their way back to Confederate lines leading a string of captured horses, more than thirty Federal prisoners, and a dejected Federal brigadier general. Mosby's men, Company A of the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, became known as "Mosby's Rangers," and Colonel John Singleton Mosby became famous as the Confederate "Gray Ghost."

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