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Rebel Raider

H. Beam Piper

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .At the same time, he asked for a larger detail and orders to continue operating in northern Virginia.

In doing so, he knew he was taking a chance that Stuart would keep him at Culpepper, but as both armies had gone into winter quarters after Fredericksburg with only a minimum of outpost activity, he reasoned that Stuart would be willing to send him back. As it happened, Stuart was so delighted with the success of Mosby's brief activity that he gave him fifteen men, all from the First Virginia Cavalry, and orders to operate until recalled. On January 18, Mosby was back at Middleburg, ready to go to work in earnest.

As before, he scattered his men over the countryside, quartering them on the people. This time, before scattering them, he told them to meet him at Zion Church, just beyond the gap at Aldie, on the night of the 28th. During the intervening ten days, he was not only busy gathering information but also in an intensive recruiting campaign among t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I was expecting SciFi, but this is a biography of a Civil War soldier.

Not what I was expecting, but an ok read

Great brief overview of the exploits of the inimitable John Singleton Mosby. Definitely want to study this man more.

[For some reason I thought this book was about John Hunt Morgan... ah well, can't say that I'm disappointed.]

A short book about Moseby, the Confederate raider leader.

This is a short nonfiction book about the exploits of wildly successful Confederate leader John Mosby and his guerilla warfare tactics against the Union during the American Civil War. I mostly know the basics from back in my school days, so it was interesting to read aspects of the war I'm unfami...more


This relatively short, yet concise book on the life of General Mosby was an interesting, entertaining, and informative work which I enjoyed.

This book is essentially a hagiographic portrayal of the exploits of a Confederate military adventurer, John Singleton Mosby. Basically, Mosby ran a guerrilla operation in Virginia wherein he attacked and plundered the supply lines of the Union armies.

I didn't find this book particularly well wr...more

Coming from Australia I don't really know a lot about the American Civil War, and this was an interesting tale, looking at a different side of things.

Had no idea when I started reading, that this would be a true story of the Civil War. Turned out to be a really good story about something I had no idea about. Highly recommend.

H. Beam Piper was primarily a writer of science-fiction short stories. Rebel Raider first published in a men's magazine from 1950, is a factual account of the extraordinary career of Confederate hero John Mosby

A short, slight man with eyes like 'a pair of blued pistol muzzles' conducted lightenin...more

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