on 12 April 1997
Jeffry Wert has committed to words an excellent tale of the South's most successful guerilla leader and his troops. Whether you are a serious student of the Civil War or someone reading your first historical writing, this book will be most enjoyable. The author has skillfully woven personal accounts with narrative so that the military operations and tactical moves of Mosby and his Rangers come alive in the reader's mind. This book will put you in the saddle with the 43rd Battalion of the Virginia Calvary and let you ride along on their guerilla raids and attacks. When you have finished with this superb account of Mosby and his command, you will fully understand why Grant ordered that any Ranger who was captured should be immediately executed without benefit of a trial. For those looking for studious detail, Wert's research is extensive, using memiors, newspaper accounts, and other resources in his well-developed bibliography and notes. Mr. Wert also includes a roster of all soldiers e
on 23 May 1996
Being a fan of Civil War history, my view is biased.
This book is a good look at the reality of Mosby and his
men. They were fed, clothed and sheltered by the populace.
Any steps that the Union took to quench that support only
seemed to make it grow. The reasoning is made clear to the
reader through a wonderful narrative. Abundant references
are also given. Even a listing of the Rangers is provided.