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JOHN MOSBY
Confederate General John Mosby Writes About Confederate General John Floyd Serving In President Buchanan’s Cabinet: “Floyd Left Buchanan's Cabinet About Dec. 20th 1860. A Few Weeks Afterward He Was Indicted Here By The Grand Jury…The Indictment Was Dismissed”
JOHN MOSBY (1833-1916). One of the Confederacy's most important cavalrymen, Mosby joined the Confederate cavalry in 1861 and served on JEB Stuart’s staff in 1862. He conducted numerous daring raids on Union supply lines and forced Union commanders to utilized large numbers of troops to guard their communications; he was nicknamed the “Gray Ghost”. Later in his life, he worked for the United States government and became a Republican. ALS. 1pg. 8” x 10”. January 3, 1911. Washington. An autograph letter signed “Jno S Mosby” to Lawrence Washington. Mosby, then an United States attorney, wrote about Confederate General John B. Floyd, who was indicted for illegal activity while Secretary of War, but the charges were later dropped. Mosby penned: “Floyd left Buchanan's cabinet about Dec. 20th 1860. A few weeks afterward he was indicted here by the Grand Jury...I want you to look up for me in the National Intelligencer the date of his indictment. He came on to Washington & my recollection is that he pleaded that as he had been examined on the subject of the indictment he was immune - & the indictment was dismissed…”. Mosby went from being idolized in Virginia to being vilified when he became a Republican. The letter is fine condition with light folds. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. [United States]
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