"Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia": The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant
David Goetz’s Historical Tale Shows
Benefits of Reconciliation
New book is a story of two men who, at war’s end, put down their weapons and together sought peace between sections
Author David Goetz, in his newly published book "Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia": The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant, presents to readers the powerful and mutually beneficial relationship that formed between former enemies Ulysses S. Grant and John Singleton Mosby after the War Between the States ended. He found their relationship to be instructive due to their efforts to work toward peace and reconciliation between North and South.
The focus of this book is primarily about the 13-year post-war relationship between Mosby and Grant, two unlikely warriors plucked from obscurity, by great conflict. Each became a leader and was considered a hero and legend in his own time – Grant in the North and Mosby in the South – and the virtual incarnation of evil by the other side. This book is about the struggle for peace and reconciliation. Grant and Mosby each hungered for it, but first reconciled and built trust between themselves before moving on to the larger task of helping heal the nation.
For the reader who would want to know more about Grant and Mosby – from their births to the onset of hostilities in 1861, what each was doing in the early war years, Mosby’s role as a guerrilla chieftain in Virginia during the war, their lives during the early Reconstruction years, and what became of Mosby from Grant’s death in 1885 to his own in 1916, an appendix is included in the book.
“It is my fervent desire that you, dear reader, will also seek peace and reconciliation in your life and that our leaders will find ways to reconcile between themselves and follow the example of Grant and Mosby in healing our nation today and in the future,” Goetz writes.
Mr. Goetz has a professional background in public relations, sales and marketing, primarily with non-profit organizations. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, and a Master of Science degree in Community Development from the University of Louisville. He is a U.S. Army veteran, received an Honorable Discharge, and lives in Warrenton, VA.
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