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Wearing Of the Gray: John Singleton Mosby

by  John Esten Cooke
I was reading the other day a work entitled "Jack Mosby, the Guerilla," by a certain "Lieutenant- Colonel," of the United States Army. The book is exceedingly sanguinary. Colonel Mosby is therein represented as a tall, powerful, black-bearded, cruel, and remorseless brigand of the FraDiavolo order, whose chief amusement was to hang up Federal soldiers by their arms, and kindle fires under their feet — for what reason is not explained; and when not thus pleasantly engaged, he is described as cutting down the unfortunate bluecoats with a tremendous sabre, or riddling them with bullets from an extensive assortment of pistols in his belt. He has a sweetheart — for " Lieutenant-Colonel "enters into his hero's most private affairs — who makes love to Union officers, and leads them into the toils of the remorseless Mosby. That individual exclaims in moments of excitement, "Confusion!" after the universal fashion of C…

Two Presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis by C. E. Gilbert

Origin, Cause and Conduct of the War Between the States - the Truth of History Belongs To Posterity by C. E. Gilbert INTRODUCTORY
In my work for several years through the South, in the interest of the life and object of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I have had occasion to observe and lament the lack of historical information among young men of the present generation, even among grown-ups, and the extent of alleged history which, through misrepresentation, serves to discredit our fathers and deprive them of the honors justly due them. There is some reason for this condition:
The cause which impoverished the South in the '60s enriched the North; and while the men of the South must return home in the spring of '65 and devote years of hard work to rehabilitate the Southland, men of the North had money and leizure to write, print and misrepresent the cause and conduct of that terrible conflict.
There is reason in everything which has any basis at a…

The Mountain Guide

O you wish to listen to another little story? I see your eyes light up, and they say as plain as words can tell me: Uncle William, tell as another story. 
Well, "Stonewall" was in the habit of marching his men at a very rapid rate over tall mountains called the. Blue Ridge. Even goats have a very hard time to climb up the high rocks and through little narrow paths that lead over the Blue Ridge But "Stonewall's" men, who were called ''Foot Cavalry" because they were so fleet in their movements, moved fast over the big hills and the huge rocks. 
In this way they often pounced upon the Yankees when they thought "Stonewall" was far off. 
One dark night when there were neither moon nor stars "Stonewall" wanted a guide. He found a cabin at the foot of the fountain. In this cabin lived old uncle Ned, who had been born on the spot. 
Uncle Ned heard the fife and the drum, and thought the Yankees had come. He was very much scared, for he hate…

Four Scouts of the 5th S. C. Cavalry Got Away from the Yankees

In May, 1864, a party from Company D, Fifth S. C. Cavalry, consisting of N. G. B. Chafee, John Tharin, J. W. Ward and Glenn E. Davis, were scouting between our lines and those of General Sheridan's. Early one morning they were riding through some woods when suddenly, in a turn of the road, they came right np to a company of Gregg's cavalry, of Sheridan's corps. The four  Confederates wheeled their horses and dashed down a narrow road. They were fired upon and pursued by the Yankees, but, being better mounted, they succeeded in reaching a small body of thick woods. The enemy did not follow the Confederates into the woods, but divided their men into squads of from eight to ten each and completely surrounded the piece of woods, stationing their squads from three to four hundred yards apart. After being in the thicket for some time the Confederates, creeping to the edge of the woods, saw that they were in a trap and could not escape without breaking through one of the guarding…

The Cause—My Motives and Defence by Ephraim McDowell Anderson

Being now in the Confederate service, and fully committed to the fortunes of those States which had separated from the Union, and maintained their right to do so by arms, I wish my record to show the motives and reasons which influenced me in an act of such grave responsibility; they will be briefly stated, with as little cicumlocution as possible.
The doctrine of State rights has been settled by arms, adversely to the States. The whole fabric has been tumbled to the ground, and the States are now nothing, not even respectable corporations; for corporate rights cannot be invaded without what in law is called a "quo warranto," and a regular trial in court. The executive, under the new order of things, by a simple scratch of his pen, has annihilated a State government, placing all authority in the hands of a military chief, and numerous petty chiefs under him, and constituting them absolute masters of the lives, liberty, and fortunes of its people.
In the history of governments,…

Stonewall Jackson: A Thesaurus of Anecdotes of and Incidents in the Life of Lieut.-General Thomas Jonathan Jackson, C. S. A.

Description of Jackson's Maxims of Military Strategy, by Gen. John M. Imboden, C. S. A. — Statement of Jackson's View of War by Dr. Hunter McGuire — Jackson's Knowledge of the Operations of the Enemy— Jackson Made Himself the Master of the Topography of the Country in Which He Was Operating — Jackson's Tactics — Account of in Lecture by One of His Staff, Capt. James Power Smith.
Stonewall Jackson's Maxims of Military Strategy.— "Jackson's military operations were always unexpected and mysterious. In my personal intercourse with him in the early part of the war, before he had become famous, he often said there were two things never to be lost sight of by a military commander — 'always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and, when you strike and overcome him. never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, beco…

The Confederate Soldiers’ Home

But, Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, one of the strongest reasons for accepting this home lies in the fact that it will reach a class of needy soldiers for whom no provision at all is now made. We pension those who lost a limb or were permanently disabled in the war. But, sir, what shall we say of that other soldier, who fought in the thickest of the battle; who braved every danger, but by a merciful Providence was protected from the missiles of destruction? Was he less heroic than his more unfortunate comrade who was smitten? Did he not serve his country as well?
And now that the fortune of the busy crowding world —more cruel to him than the fortune of war—has stricken him down, shall Georgia extend him no helping hand? Nay, more, shall she refuse to accept what other hearts and hands have built and now proffer her in fee simple, free of cost, conditioned only to maintain those needy few who may be driven to seek its shelter from the storms of life? Let us by our votes answer no, forever …