March 8, 1863.

John S. Mosby

150 years ago, Brigadier General Edwin H. Stoughton of the 2nd Vermont Brigade, was captured from his bed in Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, by Confederate Ranger Major John S. Mosby.

Mosby also captured 20 men and 55 horses–without a shot being fired.

Lincoln remarked that while he could make more generals with the stroke of a pen, good horses cost $100 a piece.

Stoughton was replaced with General George Stannard, who, at Gettysburg four months later, threw his brigade at Pickett’s right flank, thus stopping Pickett’s Charge.

I’ll be in Fairfax Saturday, March 9 to sign books from 4 to 5 p.m. Come out and say hello!


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