Mosby's Rangers Author:Jeffry D. Wert No single battalion was more feared during the Civil War than the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. Better known as Mosby's Rangers, they were an elite guerrilla unit that operated with stunning success in northern Virginia and Maryland from 1863 to the last days of the war. Seldom numbering more than a few dozen men on an operation, the Range... more »rs struck supply wagons and railroads, harassed and pinned down Union troops that sometimes vastly outnumbered them, and on one memorable occasion even kidnapped a Union general from his own headquarters. They obtained valuable intelligence for General Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy; General Ulysses S. Grant so hated them that he ordered the immediate execution without trial of any captured Ranger. A Union partisan unit dispatched to combat them under the command of General Richard Blazer was later known as Blazer's Scouts.
The success of the Rangers reflected the iron discipline of their remarkable commander, John Singleton Mosby, a ferocious warrior and brilliant tactician whose achievements earned him the priase of Generals J.E.B. Stuart and Robert E. Lee.« less