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“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
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This 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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Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies
It includes more than 600 end-notes, a 6,400-word bibliography and nearly 150 images.
Hard cover – $35
In his presentation of Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies, author David Goetz begins by examining the background of individuals and groups from both sides in the War Between the States who wanted to capture or kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis and U. S. President Abraham Lincoln.
From these outlines, Goetz explores Colonel Mosby’s role, as well as that of his Rangers in the war, but especially the Lincoln conspiracies. He further reviews Mosby’s service as a soldier and spy under his commanding officer, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart and, after Stuart’s death, Gen. Robert E. Lee; his perfection of the concept of need to know; his communications system with Richmond and the Northern Neck of Virginia and the importance of cover stories for his various actions and those of his men.
Goetz investigates deep-cover Confederate clandestine operatives in Washington and Baltimore. He also traces how Mosby Ranger Lewis Powell was drawn into clandestine work by the Confederate Secret Service and ultimately introduced to John Wilkes Booth, becoming part of his group. He further explores the wide net cast by Mosby’s men and others who observed Booth and David Herold as they fled Washington down the Secret Line through Maryland and into Virginia after Lincoln’s murder and, ultimately, on to Garrett’s farm in Caroline County.
A fresh look is given to Mosby’s forming his last company, Co. H, on April 5, 1865, four days before Lee’s surrender to Grant, and how Confederate munitions expert and saboteur Sgt. Frank Harney was embedded into it. It is believed his mission was to blow up the White House with Lincoln and his cabinet in it, but Co. H was routed in a fight with federal cavalry in Fairfax County, Va. on April 10; Harney and several of his team were captured miles away near the Potomac River. Some of Mosby’s stay-behind group was also in place in Virginia and Maryland to assist Harney escape had his plan succeeded.
The central question in all of this is how much did Mosby know, and was he complicit in an attempt to murder the president of the United States?
It is a fascinating story and offers new insights and focuses on numerous attempts to capture or kill Abraham Lincoln. Although Colonel Mosby’s and his Rangers’ roles have been discussed in many books and publications, Goetz is the first to write a book considering Mosby as an integral part of the Lincoln conspiracies.
In 2012, Goetz published his first book, “Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia”: The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses Grant, which explores the search for peace and reconciliation between two former enemies during Reconstruction. Mr. Goetz spent much of his adult life in public relations, sales and marketing, mostly for non-profit organizations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky and a Master of Science in Community Development from the University of Louisville. He is a U.S. Army veteran and received an Honorable Discharge. Now retired, he lives in Culpeper County, Virginia.
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540-351-6073 or by sending him an email firstname.lastname@example.org.