John Singleton Mosby, also known as the “Gray Ghost,” was a colonel in the Confederate Army. He was a cavalry officer who led Mosby’s Raiders, a partisan ranger unit that eluded Union pursuers and was noted for lightning-quick raids. Mosby spoke out against secession but joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the war. John S. Mosby was seriously wounded three times in combat, but survived and returned to duty in remarkably short order. In 1865, shortly after Lee’s surrender, Union General Winfield S. Hancock put a $5,000 bounty on Mosby’s head; however, General Ulysses S. Grant personally intervened and paroled Mosby. After the war Mosby became a Republican and a personal friend of Grant, serving the president as the U.S. consul to Hong Kong and as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.
This John S. Mosby mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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