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John Singleton Mosby’s Cavalry Jacket and Hat
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

John Singleton Mosby’s Cavalry Jacket and Hat

Catalog #: 4409b    Accession #: 20063
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 21.5" H x 15.5" W x 24" D

Physical Description

Double breasted gray wool shell jacket with buff facings. Adorned with brass muffin buttons. Gray felt slouch hat trimmed in grosgrain ribbon. The style would become known as a Mosby style hat

Specific History

This slouch hat was worn by John Mosby when he was wounded by federal cavalry in December 1864. According to Virgil Carrington Jones, author of Grey Ghosts and Rebel Raiders, this hat was left behind in a house in Rector’s Cross Roads, Virginia. Forty years later, Sarah Halstead, the daughter of a 13th New York Cavalry officer returned the hat to Mosby. A few days after it arrived, Mosby went to the White House and presented the hat to the President.

General History

Confederate cavalry leader John Mosby is among the most romantic characters in the Civil War, and with good reason. From 1863 to the end of the conflict, Mosby's raiders were a constant headache for the North. The raiders usually acted in small detachments of several dozen, though more than 1000 men served under Mosby. They sacked supply depots, attacked railroads, and harassed federal troops. They seemed to move behind enemy lines almost at will. Their most celebrated exploit occurred when Mosby himself rode into Fairfax Station, Virginia, in the dead of the night and kidnapped a Union general.


Country: United States
War: Civil War
Service: Army
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