Film: Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia

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Film: Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia

A 90 Minute Independent Film
Thursday, September 19, 2013


Mosby FilmOne and a half years into the Civil War, Captain John Singleton Mosby was given a small group of rangers from his former commander, General JEB Stuart to conduct independent partisan operations into Northern Virginia. These rangers eventually became the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, and grew from nine to around 2,000 men.

Mosby's theater of operations consisted of four counties in Northern Virginia situated west of Washington, with Fairfax County being the closest to the Union capital. His mission was to attack and harass as many Union outposts, camps, and supply points as he could find. By successfully raiding behind enemy lines, Mosby kept large numbers of Union soldiers confined to guarding the city of Washington; thus those federal forces were prevented from fighting against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army. Military historians consider Mosby by far the most successful leader of such partisan guerilla activities.

Six local historians take you to forty-two locations in Fairfax County where "Mosby's Rangers" conducted combat operations and describe in vivid detail what happened at each. Through on-site video, hundreds of historical photos, and an accompanying map, this documentary presents a unique visual history of the Civil War.

The film will be presented by Charles V. Mauro on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street, Alexandria Virginia. Admission is free, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. There will be a short period for questions and light refreshments afterward.

Mr. Mauro’s presentation will be the first of eight lecture and film presentations during 2013-14 on the American Civil War, sponsored by the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, Alexandria American Civil War Sesquicentennial Sub-committee, and the Office of Historic Alexandria. For more information, please call 703-746-4554 or visit


"An effective and detailed presentation!” Hugh Keen and Horace Mewborn, co-authors of 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Mosby's Command.

Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia, a 90 minute documentary, was produced by HMS Productions, Inc. consisting of Don Hakenson, Charles V. Mauro and Steve Sherman. The narrators are Eric Buckland, Tom Evans, Don Hakenson, Charles V. Mauro, Stevan Meserve and Mayo Stuntz. Directed by Charles V. Mauro. Soundtrack composed by David Rubenstein. The film will be available for purchase at $20 including tax. Cash, check or charge card accepted.