2018 SEMINAR SERIES
The Brandy Station Foundation 2018 Sunday lecture series begins in April and is held on the last Sunday of each month from April through September and begins at 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, the lectures are free (although donations are welcome), and free refreshments are provided by BSF board members and friends.
April 29, 2018 Eric
Buckland "Stories from Mosby's Rangers"
By the end of the War Between the States, about 800 men had been mustered into the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Mosby’s Rangers), but nearly 2000 men had rode with them at one time or another over the period of January 1, 1863 to April 21, 1865. Many participated in only a raid or two in order to obtain a new mount or other equipment before returning to their actual unit – Southern cavalrymen had to provide their own mounts and it became known that going on a raid with the Rangers was often an effective means of capturing what was needed (Thank you, Uncle Sam!). Others, with their comrades, joined in on a raid when their unit was operating in “Mosby’s Confederacy.” In some cases, men who had been home convalescing from wounds used the opportunity of riding with the Rangers to re-equip themselves before, once again, heading back to Lee’s Army. A few, after a raid or two, found that the Ranger’s life was not for them and disappeared. All are considered Mosby Rangers.
Unfortunately, hundreds of the men considered to be Mosby Rangers have virtually “disappeared” from history. Aside from a slip or two of paper in the National Archives documenting their enlistment, period of service or parole at the end of the war, there is little information about the men that has been discovered by the public. Those men, who drove their Union adversaries to distraction during the war, and still captivate our imagination today, are, seemingly, ghosts.
For the past ten years, Eric Buckland has spent countless hours attempting to fill in the missing pieces on some of those “ghosts”. His primary purpose in publishing his books and in giving presentations is to share what he has been able to find out about the Rangers. Eric believes that the stories are worth telling…..and remembering.
In his presentation entitled “Stories from Mosby’s Rangers”, Eric will share little known facts and anecdotes about some of the men who rode with Mosby. What has fascinated him throughout the last ten years – and we think will fascinate you, as well – is that many of the true stories are almost unbelievable. Another compelling aspect of the Rangers’ stories are the fact that their actions then have continued to have a lasting impact up until today.
Join us for a collection of amazing, mesmerizing, humorous and poignant stories about Mosby’s Rangers!
May 27, 2018 To be announced
June 24, 2018 Eric Cox "The Little Fork Rangers"
July 29, 2018 To be announced
August 26, 2018 David Goetz "Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies"
In his presentation of Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel
John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies, author David Goetz begins by
examining the background of individuals and groups from both sides in the War
Between the States who wanted to capture or kill Confederate President Jefferson
Davis and U. S. President Abraham Lincoln.