from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mosby, John Singleton 1833-1916. American Confederate soldier who led a small cavalry unit, Mosby's Rangers, on raids against advanced Union positions.


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  • He is identified as a Mosby guerilla by a man who bears him a grudge and hung up by his thumbs.

    A Life in Letters

  • My sketch shows a rendezvous of the band in a pass of the Blue Ridge; Mosby is seated on his horse in the shadow of a rock, and troopers are galloping up on all sides; others are dismounted, waiting the order to move.

    Rendezvous of Mosby's Men in the Pass of the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley

  • When miniature pinscher Rufus got sick and Tina Farris couldn't afford his medical expenses, she called The Mosby Foundation for help.

    Daily News-Record

  • The burned-out tenant house we called Mosby’s Ruins had been the temporary Civil War headquarters of Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the leader of what was probably the most famous guerrilla combat group of the Confederacy.

    The Merlot Murders

  • I’m sure she meant Paris, Virginia, the last town in the stretch of what was called the Mosby Heritage area.

    The Merlot Murders

  • A group of citizens, taking the threat to heart, petitioned Stuart to recall Mosby, but the general sent a stinging rebuke, telling the

    Rebel Raider

  • It is impossible to describe the terror that he excites amongst the Federals; and whenever a party of them are moving through the valley they are most eager in their inquiries as to whether Mosby is anywhere in the neighbourhood.

    Rendezvous of Mosby's Men in the Pass of the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley

  • Saladin, these, more or less, of the boys who figured in ages past, and which should adorn my pages, I hope my lenient reader will travel the road far enough with me to learn that I am, unfortunately, lacking in classic lore, and cannot compare in erudition with a "Mosby,"

    How a one-legged rebel lives : reminiscences of the Civil War,

  • "Mosby" soon realized what had happened, and the unrelenting purpose of the Regulator Chiefs.


  • The sixth that of "Mosby," a large, powerful, raw-boned man, one of the worst in the lot, and who, among other crimes, had killed Limber Jim's brother-broke the rope, and fell with a thud to the ground.



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