Thursday, July 9, 2009

Relationship between Grant, Mosby discussed

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting an extended program of two free lectures on Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate Colonial John Singleton Mosby beginning 2 p.m. Sun., July 19, at the John Barton Payne Building. The program is sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute.

The first lecture, The Post-War Relationship of Grant and Mosby, will be presented by David Goetz, who is co-authoring a book on The Life and Times of John Singleton Mosby.

Mr. Goetz, who owns Mosby's Confederacy Inc. and leads tours in the area, has long been interested in the post-war relationship between the two men who, he says, managed to put their emotions behind them to cooperate in a spirit of reconciliation.

Mr. Goetz is descended from the family of Chaplain Father James M. Graves, who served with Generals Joe Johnston and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Virginia in 1861-62. He is a member of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The second lecture is being presented by Eric Buckland, the author of Mosby’s Keydet Rangers. Mr. Buckland, who participates with the Mosby Players and is a member of the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will talk about Mosby’s Keydet Rangers, which is a compilation of information about the young men who both matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute and rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, also known as Mosby’s Rangers.

He will discuss the genesis of Mosby's Keydet Rangers to give lecture attendees new insight into the young men who rode with Col. Mosby during the Civil War. The book draws from short biographical sketches, personal letters, accounts of various raids and incidents, newspaper articles, and passages from books, memorials, and obituaries. The book contains much previously unpublished material.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history. Contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607, for more information or to volunteer.

Get a PDF of this year's series.

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