Friday, October 24, 2008

Authors, historians talk about Mosby

A panel of noted local authors and historians will present a symposium examining the life and legacy of Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby from 1 p.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton. Members of the panel are: Dave Goetz, Tom Evans, Greg Dudding and Don Hakenson.

Dave Goetz, owner of Mosby's Confederacy, Inc., will kick-off the symposium with a presentation on The Postwar Relationship Between John S. Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant. Mr. Goetz leads tours in “Mosby's Confederacy,” including the Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren, Clarke and Fairfax. He has served on the Board of Directors of the John Singleton Mosby Museum Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia, which is restoring the house where the Mosby family lived between 1875-77. Mr. Goetz is co-authoring the book The Life and Times of John Singleton Mosby.
Tom Evans’ presentation is entitled Mosby at Hunter's Mill. Mr. Evans, a veteran tour guide, writer, and photographer, has spent years researching skirmish sites, residences, locations where Mosby held rendezvous with his rangers, and other points of interest. He is a charter member of the Stuart-Mosby Society and has led many historical organizations on tours of places prominent in Mosby's life and military career.

Greg Dudding will discuss events surrounding Mosby from “the beginning” to the Fairfax Courthouse raid. Mr. Dudding has been a historian for many years and is an expert on the 17th Virginia Infantry. He is the current president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and conducts Mosby Confederacy Tours with Don Hakenson for that organization. He has been a Civil War re-enactor and living historian for more than 12 years and lectures at the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir about the life and equipment of Civil War soldiers.

Don Hakenson will talk about Mosby’s War Years. Mr. Hakenson has spent the last 20 years researching, analyzing and visiting little known civil war skirmish sites and other locations, especially those related to Col. John S. Mosby and his Rangers. He is a past president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and has published This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia. He co-authored two books with Greg Dudding about Mosby and his men.

The symposium, a Fauquier County 250th celebration event, is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call (540) 341-7019 for information and to register.