John S. Mosby Quick Facts

John Mosby

Name Meaning

Hebrew: God is gracious

Vital Stats

December 6th, 1833
Birth Name:  John Singleton Mosby
Birthplace:  Powhatan County, VA
Date of Death:
May 30th, 1916
Place of Death:
Washington D.C.
Height: 5’7″
Nationality: American
Ancestry: Scottish and English
Occupation before Civil War: Lawyer
Occupation during Civil War:
Enlisted as cavalryman; organized 43rd
Virginia Battalion of Cavalry (AKA Mosby’s Rangers) in 1863.
Occupation after Civil War: Lawyer; various U.S. government positions, including U.S. Consul to Hong Kong.

Major Battles:

First Bull Run, Peninsula Campaign; Engaged in raids and guerrilla operations in northern Virginia with the Rangers from 1863 to 1865.


Father: Alfred D. Mosby (1809-80)
Mother: Virginia McLaurine Mosby (1839-84)
Sister: Cornelia (1832-32)
Sister: Victoria (b. 1835)
Sister: Catherine (b. 1837)
Sister: Louisa (b. 1837)
Sister: Lucy (1839-84)
Sister: Isabella (1841-46)
Sister: Blakely (d. 1920)
Brother: William (1845-1913)
Sister: Florence (1849-1927)


Married:  Pauline Clarke 12/30/1857


Daughter: May Virginia Mosby (1858-1904)
Daughter: Beverly Clarke Mosby (1860-1946)
Son: John S. Mosby Jr. (1863-1915)
Daughter: Victoria Stuart Mosby (1866-1946)
Daughter: Pauline Virginia Mosby (1869-1951)
Daughter: Ada Clarke Mosby (1871-1937)
Son: George Prentiss Mosby (1873-1874)
Son: Alfred M. Mosby (1876-1876)

Additional Resources

Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby by John A. Ramage
Mosby’s Rangers by Jeffry D. Wert

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3 Responses

  1. Valerie Protopapas says:

    Mosby had only one brother, William. Blakely was his wife’s sister, I believe, who came to live with he and Pauline after their marriage but I am not sure of that.

    • Mark says:

      You are correct that John had only one brother. According to John S. Mosby’s New York Times obituary, Blakely was his sister. I’ve made the change in the Quick Facts.

  2. Anthony Pearce says:

    There is a woman Elizabeth N. Born in Pennsylvania in 1950. Birth record states father was 17 year old John S. Mosby….can Any one shed any light on this???

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