Mosby joins the Republican Party

By the spring of 1865, the Confederacy was tottering on the brink of defeat. On April 9, the largest of the remaining rebel armies surrendered, and the other Confederate forces quickly followed suit. Instead of formally surrendering, however, Mosby disbanded his company of rangers on April 21.

After the war, Mosby returned to his law practice. The size of his family continued to grow (he and his wife eventually had eight children), and he became increasingly involved

John Singleton Mosby Pose

Dressed in his military uniform, John Singleton Mosby poses in front of a painted landscape.

(Reproduced by permission of Corbis.)

Dressed in his military uniform, John Singleton Mosby poses in front of a painted landscape.

(Reproduced by permission of Corbis.)

in politics. During the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885; see entry), Mosby decided to join the Republican political party. This decision shocked and angered many of Mosby's Southern friends, since the party was viewed as an organization of Northerners and abolitionists. But Mosby refused to budge from his decision. Over the next several years he served in Republican administrations in a variety of positions, including assistant attorney in the Department of Justice. He died in 1916 at the age of eighty-two.

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