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Mosby's Rangers

The 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, also known as Mosby's Rangers, Mosby's Raiders or Mosby's Men, is a battalion of partisan cavalry in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. Noted for their lightning strikes on Union targets and their ability to consistently elude pursuit, the Rangers disrupt Federal communications and supply lines.

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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) The 43rd Battalion is formed at Rector's Cross Roads, near Rectortown, Virginia, when John S. Mosby forms Company A of the battalion. What is the date?

  • June 10, 1862
  • June 10, 1863
  • June 10, 1864
  • June 10, 1865

2) Mosby is acting under the authority of General Robert E. Lee, who grants him permission to raise a company under the Partisan Ranger Act of 1862, in which the Confederate Congress authorizes the formation of such units.

  • True or False?

3) What is the first raids on January 5-6, 1863?

  • The Chantilly Raids
  • The Fairfax Raids
  • The Shenandoah Raids
  • The Richmond Raids

4) What company is organized October 1, 1863 at Scuffleburg, Virginia?

  • Company B
  • Company C
  • Company D
  • Company E

5) Mosby's area of operations is Northern Virginia from Frederick County, Virginia, to the west, to Fairfax County, Virginia, to the east, with most of his operations centers in Fauquier County, Virginia, and Loudoun County, Virginia in an area known as JEB Stuart's Legions.

  • True or False?

6) Mosby always keeps his men well rested for maximum operating efficiency. What is his most preferred striking time?

  • 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.
  • 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

7) The Battle of Loudoun Heights is a small cavalry skirmish during the American Civil War between John Mosby's Rangers and the 1st Potomac Home Brigade Maryland Cavalry on January 9, 1864, in Loudoun County, Virginia. Who is the Union commander.

  • Major Mark Martin
  • Major Bruce Baker
  • Major Henry A. Cole
  • Major Quentin Manuel

8) Company H - What is the company organized on April 5, 1865 in Loudoun County, Virginia?

  • Company G
  • Company H
  • Company I
  • Company J

9) The total tally for the 43rd Battalion by October 1864 is 1,600 horses and mules, 230 beef cattle, 85 wagons and ambulances, and 1,200 captured, killed or wounded, including Union Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Stoughton who is captured while naked in bed with his girlfriend.

  • True or False?

10) The battalion never formally surrenders, but is disbanded on April 21, 1865, after General Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, but not before attempting to negotiate surrender in Winchester, Virginia. Who does Mosby try to negotiate a surrender with?

  • Major General John S. Patton
  • Major General Clifford Calvin
  • Major General Ira S. Hayes
  • Major General Winfield S. Hancock

Mosby's Rangers
(ANSWERS)

  1. June 10, 1863
  2. True
  3. The Chantilly Raids
  4. Company B
  5. False.  It is known as 'Mosby's Confederacy'
  6. 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
  7. Major Henry A. Cole
  8. True
  9. Company H
  10. Major General Winfield S. Hancock
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