CSA Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the “Gray Ghost” of the Confederacy

CSA Colonel John Singleton Mosby, Oil on Canvas by Hiram Grandville (1815-1892)

CSA Colonel John Singleton Mosby, Oil on Canvas by Hiram Grandville (1815-1892)

Source: Cowan’s Auction, CSA Colonel John Singleton Mosby, Oil on Canvas by Hiram Grandville (1815-1892)

Item description: Hiram Grandville (1815-1892). Oil on canvas, signed Hiram Grandville / C.S.A. at l.r., and on the painted “mat” at l.r. First Lieutenant / John S. Mosby / First Virginia / Hiram Grandville CSA; 18.25 x 22.5 in.  Professionally restored (with documentation) and housed in modern frame, 24 x 27.75 in. overall. Although little is known about the artist, Hiram Grandville, it has been suggested that he served in the Confederate Army, but this cannot be confirmed.

This exceptional group of paintings of notable Confederate leaders, lots 191-198, were purchased by Paul DeHaan in early 1975 in response to an advertisement placed in the Civil War Times Illustrated. The previous owner had the paintings hanging in his hunting lodge near White Bluff, TN. The paintings were likely done between the 1860s-1870s.
Other Cowan images
Col. John S. Mosby, Rare CDV Pose by Vannerson & Jones

Col. John S. Mosby, Rare CDV Pose by Vannerson & Jones. 

Cowan’s description: CDV portrait (above) of Colonel John S. Mosby, with Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, VA backmark. To our knowledge, this is a previously unknown image of the famous Confederate colonel known as the “Gray Ghost.” Mosby wears a gray frock coat with elaborate “chicken guts” on the lower sleeves and holds his ubiquitous plumbed hat that imbued his cavalier persona.

CDV of Colonel John Singleton Mosby, CSA

CDV of Colonel John Singleton Mosby, CSA

Cowan’s full descriptionpublished by Anthony. Virginia’s premier partisan ranger attained the rank of Colonel, 1st Virginia Cavalry, and left a trail of havoc and frustrated Union commanders in his luminous wake. The stuff of legend, “the “Gray Ghost” is still revered in the Valley to this day. Mosby refused to surrender at the end of the war and simply disbanded his rangers. Afterwards, he befriended US Grant and held a series of government posts thanks to his mentor and former foe.

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