MOSBY, JOHN SINGLETON, Lieutenant Colonel, C.S.A. Three photographic prints, each INSCRIBED AND SIGNED, depicting scenes from Mosby's colorful wartime exploits as a Partisan Ranger; entitled "Returning from a Raid," (after Edouard Armand-Dumaresque), "Attacking and Destroying a Federal Convoy, near Berryville, Va." (after Paul Dominique Phillippoteaux) and "Mosby About Making a Descent upon a Federal Convoy" (after Jean Adolph Beuce), n.p. [France?], n.d. Three prints, each 260 x 320 mm. (10¼ x 12½ in.), carefully mounted on embossed gray backing, EACH BOLDLY SINGED IN INK on the mount (the first signed by Mosby, in error, upside-down). Fine.
MOSBY AND THE PARTISAN RANGERS: THREE VERY RARE IMAGES, INSCRIBED
Three highly unusual and exceptionally rare photographic prints, probably made in France after paintings by noted French artists, depicting Lt. Col. Mosby in action during the Civil War. Each carries a lengthy caption as part of the image, in both French and English, describing the action in the painting. "Mosby Returning from a Raid" includes an endorsement by A.E. Richards: "The likenesses of Mosby and his men are very good indeed...Mosby is represented as he appeared surrounded by his men..." At the bottom is the small printed notice "Presented to Col. Jno. S. Mosby by J.L. McAleer." Another, "Mosby Attacking and Destroying a Federal Convoy...," carries a printed endorsement of Mosby himself: "It is a very truthful picture of the scene as it appeared on that summer morning."
Mosby (1833-1916) fought at Bull Run, scouted for Jeb Stuart on the ride around McClellan and, in January 1863, organized his Partisan Rangers for mobile guerilla warfare. He was singularly successful in harassing and hampering the Union Army. Mosby eventually disbanded his troops on 20 April 1865 rather than surrender them to Union forces.