Page:Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography volume 3.djvu/100

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.

and chief of staff to Gen. Earle Van Dorn; after the battle of Pea Ridge he was promoted brigadier-general, and led a division at Corinth, where he was made major-general; he was given command of the department of the Gulf, and was in charge of the defenses at Mobile; after the war he returned to Richmond and took part in organizing the Southern Historical Society and the Westmoreland Club; in 1859 he published "Skirmished Drill for Mounted Troops"; he subsequently published "Recollections of a Virginian," and a school History of Virginia; General Maury was a vigorous and chaste writer, a charming companion, and chivalrous gentleman, and at the time of his death, which occurred at the home of his son in Peoria, Illinois, he counted among his friends all who had ever known him; his remains were brought to Fredericksburg, where they were laid in the soil of his native state, which he loved with a passionate devotion. He died in 1900.

Moore, Patrick T., born in Galway, Ireland, September 22, 1821. Prior to the war he was a merchant, and captain of militia in Richmond, Virginia. In the spring of 1861 he was commissioned colonel of the First Regiment Virginia Infantry, and assigned to Longstreet's brigade; in the battle of Manassas was severely wounded in the head while leading his regiment. During the seven days' campaign before Richmond, he served upon the staff of Gen. Longstreet. In May, 1864, he organized the reserve forces of Virginia; later in the year was promoted to brigadier-general, and given command of First Brigade, Virginia Reserves, under Gen. Ewell. He died February 20, 1883.

Mosby, John Singleton, was born in Powhatan county, Virginia, December 6, 1833. Son of Alfred D. and Virginia I. (McLaurine) Mosby, and grandson of Catharine (Steger) Mosby and of Jane (Ware) McLaurine. He prepared for college in Charlottesville and graduated at the University or Virginia with honors in Greek, June 29, 1852. He studied law and practiced in Bristol, Washington county. He was married, December 30, 1856, to Pauline Clarke, of Kentucky, and they had six children. In 1861 he enlisted in a company recruited by William E. Jones, for the First Virginia Cavalry, ot which he became adjutant. Later, he was a scout at Gen. J. E. B. Stuart's headquarters, and guided Stuart's command to the rear of McClellan's army on the Chickahominy, June 14, 1862. In January, 1863, he recruited a force of cavalry in northern Virginia with which, aided by friendly citizens of Fauquier and Loudoun counties, he harassed the Federals, cut communications and destroyed supply trains. When not on active duty his men scattered for safety, with the understanding that they were to assemble at a given time and place. This system of warfare exasperated the Federal commanders who tried to capture the partisan leader, and this failing, the searching party destroyed the crops and farmhouses belonging to the citizens thought to have harbored or abetted Mosby or his men. At Chantilly, March 16, 1863. he routed a superior Federal cavalry force, and at Dranesville, April 1, 1863, defeated a detachment of cavalry sent to capture him. During the battle of Chancellorsville he surprised a body of Federal cavalry at Warrenton Junction, but was obliged to retreat before overpowering numbers, which