Lot 396: ALS signed "Jno. S. Mosby," one page, 8.5 x 11, Massanetta Spring Water letterhead, July 12, 1913. Letter to "Dear Fount," presumably Fount Beattie, one of Mosby's rangers. In part: "I went in to Harrisburg today & sent you today's paper. I really thought until I read Charlie Dean's interview that I was present when the greenbacks were captured." In very good condition, with partial separations to intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), several tears and small areas of paper loss to left edge, dampstaining to the left side, and significant mirroring to ink. Although Mosby and his men were technically part of J. E. B. Stuart's cavalry, they operated largely as an independent guerilla force. On October 14, 1864, Mosby and eighty of his rangers robbed a train on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad—an event often referred to as The Greenback Raid—and got away with so much money that each man's share amounted to over $2,000. The success of this massive heist further enhanced the Mosby myth and legend.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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