150 Years Ago Today...April 21, 1865...Col. John Singleton Mosby disbands his Rangers
Fauquier County ,Virginia
Confederate Col. John S. Mosby's Rangers have continued their their operations several weeks after General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Refusing to formally surrender, Mosby disbands his men and all go their separate ways. Individually, they turn themselves into federal authorities to receive paroles. Mosby himself goes to live with some family member...s in Nelson County, Virginia. Ultimately, he seeks parole in late June 1865. Because of the large price on his head, Mosby is forced to hide in Lynchburg until Gen. Ulysses S. Grant personally intervenes on his behalf and paroles him.
[Text compiled from the Mosby Heritage Area website and the Civil War Trust website. Image Courtesy LOC]