The Fairfax Raid by Mort Kunstler

As I told everyone on my Facebook Fan Page, I will be doing a book signing in Fairfax on March 9, as part of the city’s reenactment and commemoration of Confederate John S. Mosby’s renowned raid during the Civil War.

On the night of March 8, 1863, Mosby and 29 of his “rangers” captured Union Brigadier General Edwin H. Stoughton at the William Gunnell House, along with two captains, 58 enlisted men, and several horses—all without firing a single shot.

As most of you know, Mosby was the inspiration for my main character Colonel Alexander Hunter, so I’m very excited to have the opportunity to attend the day’s events and then sign copies of Noble Cause and Shades of Gray.

There will be a reenactment at the historic Gunnell House at 10:30am, followed by a full day of related activities. I will be signing books alongside the leading Mosby experts in the country, including Don Hakenson, Greg Dudding, David Goetz, Eric Buckland, Chuck Mauro and Tom Evans. What an honor! 

 Other activities will include walking tours,  a Mosby film screening, a scholars symposium and reception. The “Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile” traveling Civil War exhibit will also be open in the parking lot of Old Town Hall, and the city’s Historic Resources Office will open three new exhibits: “Civil War Fairfax 1863” at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center; and “Currency in Conflict” and “Abraham Lincoln: A Legacy in Numismatics” at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim.

I hope anyone near Fairfax will come out to this 150th commemoration event and say hello!


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