“It was not an act of revenge, but a judicial sentence to save not only the lives of my own men, but the lives of the enemy. It had that effect. I regret that fate thrust such a duty upon me; I do not regret that I faced and performed it.” – John S. Mosby, in retaliation to George Custer’s savagery
I’m only in my early 30s, but when I was a young child, my great grandmother (the keeper of the Confederate family flame) would describe to me, with much admiration and respect, the adventures and exploits of The Gray Ghost – Virginia’s own John Singleton Mosby, as well as, his dashing and brave cavaliers, Mosby’s Rangers.
Mosby was a man of the noblest qualities – a gallant soldier, a punishing adversary (to the American Empire) and a man who believed in the ideals of honor and chivalry. However, when confronted with the absolute barbarity of Yankee atrocities – spurned on by their own impotence and incompetence at defeating the elusive Ghost – Mosby understood and applied Lex talionis (“The Law of Retaliation”).