Colonel John Singleton Mosby
John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) was practicing law in Virginia when the war broke out, but quickly proved his talent for mayhem. He joined J.E.B. Stuart's staff as a scout and led the way for Stuart's famous ride around McClellan's army. In July, 1862, he was given authority to raise a band of partisans in northern Virginia and used it to wreak havoc on Union supply lines, forcing troops to guard them and thus taking them away from the front lines. In his most famous foray, he rode into Fairfax Court House and awoke Union General Edwin H. Stoughton with a slap on the rear. In retaliation for his raids, George Custer summarily executed 6 of his men; Mosby responded by killing 7 of Custer's and attaching a note to their bodies saying future captives would be treated as POWs unless Custer committed another breach. Custer was stopped. After the war, he supported Grant's presidency and served as U.S. consul in Hong Kong.