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He has been so persistently described as a desperado, such as infests the outskirts of civilization, that some impression must have been made by his traducers.
Dr. Johnson said that almost anything could be accomplished by incessantly talking about it; and so many people have reiterated these charges against Colonel Mosby, that a commanded the whole district, with his headquarters in the small village of Fairfax.
Mosby formed the design of capturing General Stoughton, Colonel Wyndham, Colonel Johnson, and other officers; and sent scouts to the neighbourhood to ascertain the force there.
They brought word that a strong body of infantry and artillery was atself dressed, mounted, and ready to set out — a prisoner.
Several staff officers had also been captured, and a considerable number of horses-Colonels Wyndham and Johnson eluded the search for them.
Deciding not to burn the public stores which were in the houses, Mosby then mounted all his prisoners — some thirty-five, I believe,