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One and a half years into the Civil War, Captain John Singleton Mosby was given a small group of rangers from his former commander, General JEB Stuart to conduct independent partisan operations into Northern Virginia. These rangers eventually became the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, and grew from nine to around 2,000 men.
Mosby's theater of operations consisted of four counties in Northern Virginia situated west of Washington, with Fairfax County being the closest to the Union capital. His mission was to attack and harass as many Union outposts, camps, and supply points as he could find. By successfully raiding behind enemy lines, Mosby kept large numbers of Union soldiers confined to guarding the city of Washington; thus those federal forces were prevented from fighting against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army. Military historians consider Mosby by far the most successful leader of such partisan guerilla activities.
Six local historians take you to forty-two locations in Fairfax County where "Mosby's Rangers" conducted combat operations and describe in vivid detail what happened at each. Through on-site video, hundreds of historical photos, and an accompanying map, this documentary presents a unique visual history of the Civil War. The film will be presented by Charles V. Mauro. There will be a short period for questions and light refreshments afterward.