Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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p. ix

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

John Singleton Mosby was, in the words of an acquaintance, “a disturbing companion.” Mosby could be ill-tempered, cantankerous, obstinate, and brusque. He did not welcome disagreement with his views and glared with an icy look at men with whom he was displeased or who had failed him. There...

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Preface

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pp. 1-6

John Singleton Mosby had practiced law in Bristol, Virginia, for nearly five years when, in the summer of 1860, the twenty-seven-year-old attorney was persuaded to join a newly formed cavalry company.1 The following April the country found itself rendered asunder by civil war, and the new recruits were soon incorporated into the First Virginia Cavalry, commanded by...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 7-8

The initial idea for this work came out of conversations with an individual I have yet to meet face-to-face but have come to know as a friend and fellow traveler along the road of Civil War history. Joe Bauman of Salt Lake City is a veteran reporter for the Deseret Morning News. Following...

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Forged in Fire: The Friendship of John Mosby and Sam Chapman

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pp. 9-18

Samuel Chapman was a former infantry private and artillery officer when he was assigned to enrollment duties in Fauquier County. And it was here, in January 1863, that the twenty-four-year-old lieutenant first saw John Mosby. Chapman had heard talk about Mosby and his daring exploits—or his...

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The Letters (includes illustrations)

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pp. 19-153

Col. John Mosby served as U.S. consul in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, having been appointed to the position by President Hayes in early 1879. By the following year he longed for a furlough to return to see his motherless children. But probably due to his revelations of corruption in the consulate service, as well as in the State ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 155-156

It is not known if there were more letters from John Mosby to Sam Chapman following the one of April 10, 1916. Seven weeks later, on May 30, Mosby died in Garfield Hospital, Washington, D.C. He was eighty-two years, six months old. The cause of death has been attributed to several...

Bibliography

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pp. 157-160

Index

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pp. 161-166