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September 25, 2014


Mosby's Men

Eric W. Buckland

September 25, 2014

John Singleton Mosby remains the “face” of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry – better known as “Mosby’s Rangers”. He is often noted as the quintessential example of a brilliant and daring partisan leader. Indeed, his induction into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 1992 reflects his continued high standing within the pantheon of successful unconventional warriors.

There can be little doubt, however, that Mosby was exceptionally fortunate in the quality of the men who comprised his command. Those men—some as young as 14 years old—were the ones who successfully carried out his operations. Their intelligence, courage, audacity (and even swagger) enabled Mosby to launch multiple simultaneous de-centralized patrols in his effort to disrupt Union lines of communication. Blessed with subordinate leaders and Rangers who could be trusted to execute his tactical vision without direct supervision, Mosby himself became ubiquitous in the minds of the Union soldiers arrayed against him. Without the men who followed him, the “Mosby” we know today would never have existed.

This program will present the details of the wartime and post-war lives of some of those men.

Eric ucklandEric W. Buckland has written five books about some of the men who rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry – “Mosby’s Rangers”. The five books are: “Mosby’s Keydet Rangers” (about the 58 men who both matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and rode with Mosby’s Rangers), and the four book “Mosby Men” series

Buckland brings a unique perspective to his work. Receiving a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 1977, he was also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army (Infantry) and began a 22-year military career before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1999. The majority of his military career was in Special Forces where he engaged in several facets of Unconventional Warfare and had multiple deployments to Panama, Honduras and El Salvador.

Buckland’s books are the result of almost ten years of research and have drawn material from an extraordinary breadth of sources which include the VMI Archives, private family collections, historical societies from across the United States, old newspaper articles, out-of-print books and never before published recollections written by some of the Rangers.

He and Maureen, his wife of 35 years, have three sons and reside in Centreville, VA.

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I feel fortunate that as President of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable I get to participate behind-the-scenes at the inner workings of what makes this Roundtable so special. I am privileged to work closely with so many wonderful people, all of whom donate their time and efforts to make our Roundtable the success it is.

Today I have two very special people in mind who contribute so much to our success, but who are not recognized nearly enough for their hard work. Perhaps you are fortunate, as I am, to know Dave and Linda Joswick personally, as they are wonderful people. Dave is responsible for putting together our newsletter every month and Linda is in charge of our website. Two big jobs that mean oh so much to our organization!

In honor of all they have done for us in the past, and all they still do for us today, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to give Dave and Linda Joswick a Lifetime Membership in the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable. We are fortunate to have them as part of the Roundtable family and are pleased to present this “thank you” to them. Thank you Dave and Linda for all you do for us!



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